Thursday, June 27, 2013

Try It Now: Homemade Strawberry Jam

If you remember my post from earlier this month, we went strawberry picking at a near by plantation. We came home with the freshest, sweetest strawberries and decided to attempt making jam for the first time. I was looking for a recipe with honey instead of sugar and decided to Deliciously Organic's since it was super easy - for a kitchen novice like myself!

Strawberry Jam Recipe
Adapted from Deliciously Organic
Makes about 3 cups

Ingredients
7 cups chopped strawberries (washed and hulled) 
1 1/4 cups light honey
2 tablespoons of orange juice 
1 Granny Smith apple, peel and seeds removed, cut into a small dice (apples contain natural pectin)

Instructions
Place strawberries, honey, orange juice and apple pieces in a large pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.

Hello Jack Blog: Try It Now: Homemade Strawberry Jam

Simmer for about 25 minutes - and mash if necessary - until mixture reaches 220ºF (make sure this temperature is reached, if the berries cook too quickly the mixture will not gel). Cool jam to room temperature, spoon into jars, cover with lids, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Hello Jack Blog: Try It Now: Homemade Strawberry Jam

This jam was amazing! We've used it over toast, pancakes and waffles, I even like to add it to my vanilla yogurt.  Next time I'm planning on adding other berries to the mixture.

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