Saturday, March 26

How to Make Low Sugar Strawberry Jam

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(. . .  Still working on the 
darn fun chair project--it's coming along.)

If you've never canned your
own jam you are really missing out!



It's so much yummier than the kind from the store
and I love producing my own food because
then I know exactly what's in it.

I especially love 
LOW SUGAR strawberry jam.
Because you can just taste the 
fruit more!
(This recipe uses 4 cups of sugar instead of 7 cups!)

And it's easy to make.

1. Start with clean glass jars & lids
(I boil mine just to be sure their really clean & air dry them).

2. Wash, cut the stems off, & cut up
a little over 4 lbs. strawberries.

(Yes, that is paint primer on my hands from the darn fun chair project.)

3. Mash the strawberries with a potato masher.
(But you still want it chunky--like this . . .)

 
4. Measure 4 cups of sugar and take out 1/4 a cup of the sugar.
Add the 1/4 cup of sugar to a box of Sure Jell (Low Sugar or
No Sugar) Pectin. Set the rest of the sugar aside for later.

5. Empty strawberries, pectin, and the 1/4 cup of sugar into a 
large pot. Cook on high temperature, stirring constantly until
mixture reaches a full rolling boil. (This is a boil that doesn't
stop bubbling when stirred).

6. Add the remainder of the sugar. Keep stirring and heat to
a rolling boil again. Cook (still stirring!) at a rolling boil
for one minute.

 
   7. Quickly ladle into jars. For each jar--put lid on tight,
& turn jar upside-down for a few minutes.
Then, turn jar right-side-up. (The instructions that
come with the pectin say to "process" the jars of jam,
but I don't. This has always worked for me. )

8. Wait a while, then make sure each jar is sealed by pushing on the
middle of the lid with your finger. If the lid bounces back 
& makes a popping sound, it didn't seal & that jam needs
to be refrigerated. But I've seldom ever had this happen.



Happy canning!


 

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