Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Strawberry Jam

This is a great recipe if you're a beginner like me. I found this one in the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving and loved the simplicity. This was my first batch and it was great! The key is prep work. Have everything measured, sanitized and ready to go. For some helpful canning tips, check out the links I've attached at the bottom of this page.

Here's what you need:


6 c. sugar
8 c. whole ripe strawberries, hulled (about 4 1/2 containers)
4 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 pkg. powdered fruit pectin

Canning equipment

Hot water bath canner kit
potato masher
8-8oz. canning jars with lids
Initial investment--$50-$60


1. Sanitize jars and canning equipment.
2. Measure sugar and lemon juice and set aside.
3. In pie plate or bowl, crush batches of strawberries and transfer to heavy saucepan. (Yields 5 cups crushed).

My daughter did a great job crushing strawberries!

4. Add lemon juice and whisk in pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring frequently.
5. Add sugar all at once, stir constantly and return to full rolling boil and boil for 1 minute.
6. Remove from heat and skim off foam.
7. Ladle into jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
8. Slide a non-metalic knife around jam to get bubbles out. Add more jam if needed.
9. Clean rim and secure lid.
10. Bring to a rolling boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove and place on towel. After a few minutes, check the lids to make sure they have sealed correctly.
11. Let jars sit on towel for 24 hours. Jars can be stored for up to a year. Refrigerate after opening.

Helpful canning links:

If you're not ready for hot water bath canning, try freezing. Ball makes great plastic freezer jars. Just follow the recipe through step 9 then freeze. Thaw in the fridge.

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  1. I love strawberry jam! Great post. I'd love for you to share this {and anything else you'd like} at my link party.

    I love the ball canning cook book too. I'm always trying something new out of it.

    1. Thanks Rachel! Loved the link party. So many great ideas.

  2. I just tried making freezer jam for the first time. It was too hot for full on canning.I need to get a water bath canner so I can try this. I had my daughter help too. Feel free to link up sometime @ DearCreatives.com I found you from a party stop by anytime.

    1. Hi Theresa! Love your site, especially the banana bread recipe. I will definitely be trying that one. This was literally my first time canning with a water bath canner and it came out perfectly. Let me know how yours turns out if you try it!

  3. I can't wait to try this! I've been wanting to make my own jam for awhile now =)

  4. Very nice tutorial and that Strawberry Crusher is a cutie :)

    1. Thank you! She loves helping and I'll take the help:)


  5. Canning is something that I really want to get into! Thanks so much for sharing this and for following my blog. I am now following you back. :)

    Have a great day, Katie!


    1. You're very welcome Julie and thanks for follwing me back!


  6. I love strawberry jam. Looks great. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


    1. Hi Holly,
      Thanks for hosting it! I love the block party idea. I'll definitely be checking back in tomorrow to see what everyone has posted.


  7. I just made my first batch of Jam! Yours looks so yummy and you have the cutest helper!

    Thanks for sharing on The All Star Block Party!

  8. I love canning my own jam. These look perfect, and you can't go wrong with a Ball recipe!