Friday, June 21, 2013

It's Strawberry Time!!!!!

Good Friday morning fellow bloggers.  It's a warm June 21, 2013 and summer seems to be here.  I love the warmth and everyone's landscaping looks wonderful and colorful.  Strawberries are out in Michigan and it's the right time to go picking and make some wonderful homemade strawberry jam.  This blog is a little different for me because I usually talk about painting and redoing, but I always make strawberry jam for the family.  They are so spoiled that they will only eat homemade including the grandkids...So here we go:  You will need a couple of pounds of fresh strawberries (you can use frozen berries, but they have to be completely defrosted), a blender, granulated sugar, Can-jel(from Kroger,it's a fruit pectin like Sure-jel),some water, a small pot and some measuring cups.  Very simple so far.

First, one should wash and dehull the strawberries. Next put some berries in the blender and puree the berries so that they are nice and smooth (the kiddies like smooth jam) or you can leave it slightly lumpy and the amount should measure to 2 cups.  Put measured amount of berries into a bowl and measure 4 cups of granulated sugar into the berries.  Mix until sugar is mixed in and stir occasionally for 10 minutes.  While you are waiting for 10 minutes to pass, take a small pot and 3/4 cup of water and put on stove.  Pour contents of Can-jel (fruit pectin) into the water and stir until dissolve.  Heat on stove on medium heat til it comes to a rolling boil.  Stir continuously for 1 minute.  Take off heat.  When 10 minutes  have gone by, pour the fruit pectin into the berry mixture (doesn't make a difference if it's very warm) and mix the berry mixture for 3 minutes continuously.  After stirring pour into individual jars (the mixture will thicken as you stir) and let sit on counter for 24 hours and than freeze in freezer for future use.  

 This recipe is called Freezer jam and it is really a good jam recipe.  It's also very easy.

 Try it for the kids and even grown-ups.  It's delicious on bread, muffins, waffles and pancakes or anything you need jam for.
Until next time, Dianne.........................
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  1. Love anything with strawberries and I have always wanted to make my own jam at least once and you make it seem very doable! I'm so glad you shared at the Rock 'N Share! Hope you’ll join the party again soon! Have a great holiday! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  2. Do the jars have to be sterilized and hot like they are for canning? And have you ever used plastic containers?

    1. the jars don't have to be sterilized because the jam is stored in the freezer, that's the great thing about this jam. I have used plastic containers also. Have fun making this jam and thanks for visiting us....