Strawberry jam is truly easy to make! It doesn't take that long, and there are no "secrets" to it. Just follow the recipe exactly, and you'll have great results.
Tonight's batch took me about an hour and a half to make it, start to finish (that included everything from the prep time to final clean up).
I use fruit pectin, which is available in the grocery store. I don't have a favorite, although I do like the type that uses less sugar. (Tonight I used what I had on hand, and it is the type that uses more sugar.) I always follow the recipe that comes with the fruit pectin.
Take stems out, and mash. I use a potato masher. I love the uneven chunks it leaves in the jam.
My 5 cups of mashed strawberries, mixed with 1/4 cup lemon juice and one packet of fruit pectin:
At this point, I get everything ready to use.
Sugar measured out (eeks, seven cups! That's a lot of sugar!):
Jars filled with hot tap water, and the lids in hot water:
Bring fruit to a boil, add sugar and bring to a rolling boil. Boil and stir for one minute. Then it's ready to go in the jars!
Pour in the jars:
Wipe edge clean:
I use the inverted method of canning. Fill jars, put the lid on and screw tightly. Turn upside down and leave for five minutes:
As I've been typing this, I've heard the "ping" of them sealing. That sound is truly music to my ears! (Five down, two to go!)
3 hours ago