I just ran out of last years jam about a week ago. I had raspberry jam, tomato marmalade, and apple butter. My kids are PB and J eaters at lunch time. As soon as we ran out, my son asked me to call grandma to see if she had anymore jams or jellies. When she didn’t, we started to go into panic mode, and by we, I mean he. I tried to sell him peanut butter and honey, but that was a no go. He told me I could just go to the store and get some tomorrow. I assured him if we just wait a few more days the strawberries will be ready. When I showed him this bunch of strawberries, “Good job, mom” was his response. Thanks, I appreciate a sincere “Good job, mom”.
Old Fashioned Strawberry Jam
4 cups crushed strawberries. 6 or 7 cups of whole strawberries cut into halves and pulsed a few times in the food processor will do the trick.
4 cups sugar
Sterilize 4 half pint canning jars by boiling water and pouring into clean jars. Let sit for a little bit (15 min.). Also throw the rings and ring bands into scalding water and let those sit until ready to use.
Pour the crushed strawberries into a 5 quart pot. Stir in the sugar until well blended. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling, uncovered and stir frequently, for 10 to 15 minutes or until it starts to thicken. The big bubbles are a good indication that the mixture is thickening. Also, if you stick a spoon in the pot, take it out, blow on it a little to cool it down, the jam will start to stick to the spoon.
Pour into the hot jars leaving 1/8 inch of head space at the top. Wipe rim with a damp cloth. Place lids on jars and screw on ring bands firmly. Set jars on a towel out of a draft. Now my favorite part, listen for the pings of the lids when they seal. Test to make sure all lids are sealed. Just push the top of the lid and it should not push down.
The base recipe for this jam is from a book I found at a farm auction in a big box of cookbooks and other recipes called Canning Freezing and Drying published by Lane publishing in 1981. I think I paid $5.00 for the whole box of cookbooks.
The Farm Wife