Paul picked strawberries at a patch not too far from here with Grandma yesterday. It’s an annual event for them… 🙂
He brought home 12 quarts, and today I did a marathon jam day & made 4 batches. Should be plenty to last us one year of kefir shakes plus a few pb&j sandwiches! 🙂
Here’s how we make each batch of jam:
1/3c (44g) pectin from the bulk food store
5c slightly pulsed strawberries
1 dab butter
Mix 3 ingredients above. Heat in tall stainless steel stock pot over high heat, stirring continuously until rolling boil. Quickly dumped in pre measured 7c (1,568g) evaporated cane juice.
[Yeah. That’s ALOT of sweetener. A bit of jam goes a long way, though. A tablespoon of jam a day goes into our kefir shakes each morning. So…1T divided by 4 people = 3/4t of jam each. And 1 quart of jam lasts us a little more than 2 months…]
Brought it back to a rolling boil & set timer for one minute longer. (Still stirring continuously…) Removed from heat. Skimmed off foam & placed it in a bowl to enjoy with butter on toast…mmmmm! 🙂
Poured remainder into glass jars. Let sit for 24 hours – no lids. Tomorrow I’ll put the lids on & freeze them. Yielded: 2+ quarts.
Lord willing, they’ll go picking again so we can dehydrate a bunch next. 🙂