Jun 29, 2009

Home Made Strawberry Jam


Strawberry jam is Cass and Brandon's favorite jam (Alex loves apricot jam). So because strawberries are in season we went to "Farmer's Market" and bought a big box. They ate some of them and from the rest I decided to make some jam. This recipe that I love, doesn't belong to me I have seen it on a Barefoot Contessa episode about a year ago. I tried it and my boys loved it, so... since then this is the recipe we use.

Ingredients

3 pints fresh strawberries ( about 6 cups)
3 cups superfine sugar
2 tbsp orange-flavored liqueur ( like Grand Marnier)
1/2 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored, and cut in small pieces
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
2 tbsp lemon juice ( optional)


Wash and hull the strawberries. Cut the strawberries into quarters. Place them in a heavy deep pot such as a Dutch oven and toss them with the sugar and liqueur.


Bring the strawberry mixture to a boil over medium heat stirring often. When is boiling add the blueberries and the apple and keep the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally.


Let it boiling for about 35 to 40 minutes. Skim and discard of any foam that rises to the top.


After about 40 minutes take the pot of the stove and taste the jam ( careful it's hot) if you decided that it is to sweet add the 2 tbsp of lemon juice.


Let the jam cool to room temperature. The jam can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or
can be packed and sealed in canning jars. My boys don't like the strawberry jam with strawberries pieces in it, so, I use the hand blender to achieve a smooth texture, but this is a personal choice.


Enjoy!

2 comments:

North Babe said...

when I buy a big box of strawberry, a lot of times more than half them would go bad as I normally stored them in the fruit drawer in the refrigerator. Since I don't see them, I forgot about them.

Anyway, a great post. It looks very healthy.

Laura said...

Hi North Babe, I know that is what's happening more often than not. So I don't store them in the fridge anymore. We eat as much as we can the rest.... jam.

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