Every June my mother in law, Penny and myself head out to a local strawberry patch and spend an hour filling a few baskets of strawberries. After we collect our share and Penny is full from sitting in the rows and eating as many berries as she can stomach, we race home to hull and freeze bag after bag ensure we have plenty of local berries to make home made jam!
Is there anything cuter then a kid in a straw hat picking berries? I don’t think so!
My mother in law taught me how prepare jam jars and make jam. I use Certo Pectin Crystals and the recipe that is found in the Certo package usually works perfectly. She always suggests to use a timer as cooking the berry mixture too long or too little could ruin your jam and measure out your fruit and sugar before starting.
Let your berries thaw in the pot you will make the jam in. Use a nice deep pot so it wont splash out and on your clothes when you bring everything to a boil.
Mash your berries to the consistency you prefer. We like our jam to be well blended. No big hunks of berry. I mash the berries well with a potato masher. Bring to a boil with the pectin crystals and sugar as directed on the package.
Add jam to jars with about 1/2 to 1/4 inch of space at the top of 7-8 sterilized jars.
Tighten up lids and allow to cool. I store the jars in the fridge until we use them. They don’t last long around our house.
Homemade jam is a great gift to give a friend or family. I find that homemade food or treats are always appreciated! I like to give away a jar as is with a funny note or tag attached with some simple ribbon. I made up these fun “This is my Jam” tags and tied them on with some thin red ribbon and wrote the flavour of jam on the tag. It makes me laugh!
I hope you try out making your own jam or preserves if you don’t already. It’s a great way to use up extra fruit and it’s so nice to have local fresh fruit jams in the dead of winter! If you would like to attached your own “This is my Jam” tags, click the link below to open save the PDF.
This is my Jam
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