Sunday, June 30, 2013

In a Jam

There was a strawberry sitting on a kitchen counter crying his eyes out, two strawberries were walking by and asked him what was wrong.  That's when he told them, his parents had got into a jam!

Strawberry jam to be precise, from the Better Homes and Gardens "You Can Can - A Guide to Canning, Preserving, and Pickling.

Rather than having my jam on an English muffin or toast, I thought a late night snack on a cracker with gorgonzola cheese would be delicious ~ and it was!

You could also use the jam to baste a chicken, roast pork or maybe some ribs on the grill!  Mmm.

3 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled
1 1.75 ounce package powdered pectin
1/2 teaspoon margarine or butter
7 cups sugar

1. Crush 1 cup of berries in an 8-quart pot. Continue adding berries and crushing until you have 5 cups crushed berries. Stir in pectin and margarine. Heat on high, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Add sugar all at once. Return to boiling; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; skim off foam.

2. Ladle immediately into hot, sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids. Process in a boiling-water canner 5 minutes. Remove jars; cool on wire racks.*

*Note:  As the jam cools, turn the jars occasionally, top to bottom, to help evenly distribute the fruit and prevent the fruit from floating to the top of the jars.  Store upright, however, to protect the seal.

Nutrition Information
Per 1 Tablespoon Serving:  51 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 mg chol., 1 mg sodium, 13 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 0 g protein


  1. Yum, that sounds delicious with gorgonzola. I do love strawberry jam on a scone too!

    Will have to try your recipe.

  2. Never tried the cracker-gorgonzola-strawberry-approach, but it sounds delightful!
    I know my Mum has recently made strawberry jam... maybe I can talk her into giving me a jar :-)

  3. looks so good and i'm a HUGE cheese and jam fan... so many strawberries about to burst into ripeness here in the UK.. can't wait!

  4. Jam up and jelly tight! What a great post, I love strawberries!
    I see you have a post for Lime Blueberry Jam, I'm going to check that out now! ;-)

  5. i am staring at a bunch of strawberries this morning and trying to decide what to do!

  6. Your snack of strawberries and gorgonzola sound fantastic Mary. Great looking homemade jam.

  7. I've never tried strawberry jam with anything other than bread, scones, toast etc. Looks very tasty :) xx

  8. Lol! Good one:) and your jam looks so good! The strawberries are delicious right now and I've been wanting to try this.

  9. My husband make great raspberry jam, that is, if I don't eat all the berries off the bush before he can get to them. That pie crust of oak leaves ( on your border) is stupendous!

  10. Oh, I LOVE strawberry jam. I used to make it but since we cut down a lot on sugar, I've skipped the past few years. Yours looks yummified. susan

  11. Nothing tastes better than homemade jam! I can't eat sugar any more so I eat spreadable fruit but strawberry is my favorite! Happy fourth my friend!

  12. Your jam looks delicious! It will be wonderful having the taste of fresh strawberries year round, Mary.

  13. Nothing tastes better than fresh native strawberries with homemade whipped cream. I admit I have been indulging in my fair share, I am shameless! Your jam looks delicious, Happy Fourth!!!

  14. Ohhhh that looks so good! I can baste a chicken with it? Wow. Now there's a thought!

  15. Oh yum Mary! Strawberry jam on buttered toast is my favorite way to eat home made jam. I also really like your collages highlighting the native strawberries. I'm making your strawberry rhubarb pie this afternoon for the 4th tomorrow.

  16. If I see a great sale on strawberries I'll have to try this. Strawberry jam is one of my favorites - how delicious!

  17. Fruit jam and cheese is one of the best food pairings ever! This was delightful.


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