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The Very Best Strawberry Jam

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Spring has many perks,  one being fresh fruit.  It had been a couple of years since I made fresh jam, something I love, by the way!  Strawberry fields are plentiful here in Greensboro.  I always try to purchase enough strawberries to try a recipe and also to have a few left over just for snacking.  Last week I made fresh strawberry jam and let me tell you, it is so yummy.  The recipe is easy too and only includes three simple ingredients.  It makes a small 2-pint batch, but I like to double it to have extras to share with friends.  I use 1/2 pint jars for canning.




Strawberry Jam (adapted from Ina Garten)

ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1 large lemon juiced & zested
1 1/2 pints fresh strawberries hulled and halved

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. Add the strawberries and continue to cook over very low heat for 20-25 minutes, until the strawberries release some of their juices and the mixture boils slowly. Cook until a small amount of the juice gels on a frozen plate.  Pour carefully into 1/2 pint canning jars and seal. 

tips for canning:

Boil jars and rings in hot water to sterilize.  Add hot ingredients, top with a lid with rubber seal and a ring.  You will hear a pop when the jar is sealed.  

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