My family loves strawberries served up any possible way except when they’ve been frozen and then put onto a grocery shelf to be sold under the mask of being fresh.
I wish grocery stores didn’t do this. The kids hate taking strawberries to school only to find they’re not firm but a mushy mess.
In the past, I would sadly add the strawberries to the compost bin…
but not anymore!!
I just made my first jar of strawberry jam and it was delicious! (And so easy to make!!)
Homemade Strawberry Jam with a hint of Mint
Now there are two ways this can be done…
over the stove (this is a little more tedious as you will need to stir and watch the pot to ensure the mixture doesn’t burn) or with the Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker.
With this you just need to add the ingredients into the Jam Maker, set it at the desired time/using the preset time and walk away. When you come back you will have a batch of jam ready to be devoured!
Now I made this batch without any pectin and after canning the same I understand the jam can last in the refrigerator for 3-4 months but if you add some grated apple or some other natural source of pectin and then can the jam, you can have it last for upto a year.
Being a newbie at canning, I wasn’t sure how the whole canning process would go but following the 3 steps outlined in the Canning Discovery Kit made it all surprisingly easy.
The kit comes with 3 canning jars to start you off. ( You can do jams or even salsas)
After allowing the pre-sterilized, filled jam jars to sit in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes, remove the same and set aside. You will know the jars have sealed well when you hear a “POP” sound.
Here’s my recipe for my Strawberry Jam with a hint of Mint:
- 1 lb ripe strawberries- hulled remove the leaves and slice in half
- 2 tsp chopped mint leaves chopped fine
- 1 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- First mash the strawberries to pulp (I used a potato masher to do this)
- Add the strawberries, mint leaves, sugar and lemon juice into the FreshTECH jam and jelly maker.
- Allow the mixture to get "worked on" at the preset time set for 21 minutes.
- That's it! Pop the cooled jam in the refrigerator to last long else prepare for canning while the jam is still warm
Do you have a favorite jam or preserve?