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.
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.
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.