Canning season has officially begun, and my first foray: strawberry jam. On toast, spread over brownies, spooned over yogurt – this stuff is divine. This is the recipe I used this year, no doubt next year I’ll have learned something new and be doing it differently, but this worked this year. You’ll need a water bath canner and clean 8 or 16 ounce canning jars with bands and new lids. Also, I never follow the directions on the box. So, yeah. There’s that. If you have experience with other variations on lower sugar water-bath canning recipes, I’d love to hear your tips – please share your experience/tips/recipes/variations in the comments.
- 8 cups crushed strawberries (from about 5 pounds whole strawberries, cleaned and tops removed)
- 1 1/2 c. raw organic sugar
- 1 packet (1.75 oz) no-sugar-needed fruit pectin
- organic lemon juice
Heat water in your water bath canner to boiling, and make sure jars and lids are clean and warm.
Clean and remove tops from strawberries, then crush them using food processer or, if you like chunky jam like me, a potato masher. Place 8 cups crushed berries in stock pot.
Add sugar and pectin and stir well, heating to a rolling boil – even when you stir it it continues to bubble. Allow to boil, stirring constantly for one minute. Remove immediately from heat and skim any foam off the top, if necessary.
Using a canning funnel, ladle strawberry mixture into jars, filling to a quarter-inch from the top and adding about a teaspoon of lemon juice to the top of each 8-ounce jar and about a tablespoon lemon juice to the top of each 16-ounce jar. Top with lids and bands, tightening only finger tight. Note: no need to stir the lemon juice – I just add it to ensure that the jam has enough acid to prevent nastiness such as botulism. We don’t like botulism, not one bit.
Place each jar in the water bath canner rack as you fill them. When full, lower the rack into the boiling water and cover the pot, allowing cans to boil for five minutes.
Remove cans from rack and place on towel, listening for each seal to “pop.” It may take up to ten minutes for some, but usually it happens pretty quickly for me.
Store jars in cool, dark place until ready for use. Enjoy