Saturday, December 29

[better late than never]

Belated presents.

If you know me.. you know that these are one of my fortes. Better late than never? I think so. SO, if you too are a belated gift giver.. fear no more, for I have the perfect gift idea for you.

Homemade Strawberry Jam
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 large lemon, zested and juiced
    • Personally, I'm going with store bought lemon juice. Oops.
    • 3 tbs lemon juice = 1 medium sized lemon
  • Kerr Mason Jars.. whatever size you so desire
  • 1 1/2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
    • If you are an inexperienced 'huller' as I am, the picture below is for you. (You're just cutting out the top middle part of the strawberry.)
 
 
Ingredients
 
Special Instructions Before You Begin:
You're in need of some jams while you make your jam, I can tell. By the way, the pun was intended. I strongly recommend the following video
 
 
Directions
  1. Combine the sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over very low heat for 10 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved.
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  3. Add the strawberries and continue to cook over very low heat for 20 minutes, until the strawberries release some of their juices and the mixture boils slowly.
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  5. Pour carefully into your mason jars and either seal or keep refrigerated. Use immediately, or follow proper canning guidelines below.
 
Sterilizing Directions:
  • Jars should be made from glass and free of any chips or cracks. Preserving or canning jars are topped with a glass, plastic or metal lid, which has a rubber seal. Two-piece lids are best for canning, as they vacuum-seal when processed. I got mine from Wal-mart - they're Kerr's.
  • Boil the jars and lids in a large saucepan of water for 15 minutes.
    Happy cooking!