How to Can Strawberry Jam

Strawberry jam is such a great way to try canning for the first time. You don’t need any crazy equipment–just a big pot, a ladle, jars, lids, and rings. And your ingredients: strawberries, sugar (so much sugar), pectin, and lemon juice.

It’s helpful to have a magnet for the lids (they’re hot!), but you could always use tongs if you don’t want to invest a penny beyond jars and ingredients into this project. If you think canning is something you might do more than once, this $12 kit has everything you’ll need!

Prep everything:

Put your jars into the dishwasher on a normal cycle with heated dry. You want them HOT and sterilized.

While that’s happening, hull your strawberries and chop into halves or quarters. Smash them as you go with a potato masher–it makes it easier. On the topic of quantities, you need 5 cups to make approximately 8-8 oz jam jars. I used about 4 pounds of berries to accomplish this, but you might need 5. It depends on the size of the berries and their juiciness and such.

Put 8 rings and lids into a small pot on the stove and cover with water. Bring to a boil. This sanitizes the lids and rings.

As the final prep step–measure out your sugar into a bowl. All 7 cups of it.

Make your jam:

In a large pot, add your strawberries and lemon juice. Stir in pectin, and bring the mixture to a strong boil over medium high heat. Stir often to keep the bottom from sticking. Add sugar in one dump. Stir. Boil for 1 minute and 15 seconds, and skim off the foam.

Once boiled, fill each HOT jar with HOT strawberry jam. It’s key that everything is hot. Otherwise, they won’t seal.

Wipe off the rim of the jar with a wet cloth (to get rid of any jam that might have stuck while pouring), center the lid, twist on the ring, and turn upside down on a towel or paper bag. Repeat with the rest of the jam. Leave the jars inverted for 12-24 hours. They should all seal (press down on the center of the lid, if you hear a pop, it didn’t seal), but if they don’t, put in the fridge, and use first.

Enjoy your fresh strawberry jam!

Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of strawberries
  • 4 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 49 gram package of pectin
  • 7 cups sugar

Instructions

    To prep:
  1. Put jars into the dishwasher on a normal cycle.
  2. Hull strawberries and chop into halves or quarters. Smash them as you go with a potato masher.
  3. Put 8 rings and lids into a small pot on the stove and cover with water. Bring to a boil.
  4. Measure out your sugar into a bowl. All 7 cups of it.
  5. To make your jam:
  6. Mix strawberries and lemon juice in a large pot. Stir in pectin, and bring the mixture to a strong boil over medium high heat. Stir often to keep the bottom from sticking. Add sugar in one dump. Stir. Boil for 1 minute and 15 seconds, skimming off the foam as you go.
  7. Once boiled, fill each jar with strawberry jam.
  8. Wipe off the rim of the jar with a wet cloth, center the lid, twist on the ring, and turn upside down on a towel or paper bag. Leave the jars inverted for 12-24 hours.
http://www.balanceandblueberries.com/2015/07/13/how-to-can-strawberry-jam/

Recipe from foodnetwork.com (Ree Drummond).


Have you ever tried canning? What’d you make?

If you’re interested….freezing veggies and canning salsa.

Saturday Small Talk

Howdy! How was your workweek after the holiday weekend? Did you survive? Here’s to another summer weekend! My big news-after a couple of attempts thwarted by Mother Nature, I’M GETTING MY BEACH DAY. Three cheers. We’re enjoying the beauty that is Lake Michigan, soaking in some sunshine, and generally being lazy. All. Day. Long.

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Stylish and Comfortable Must-Have Travel Shoes

Shoes are such a big deal when you’re traveling–they can make or break your vacation. One blister while you’re walking around Rome, and you’ll wish you had brought any other pair of shoes than the ones on your feet. I put out a poll on Facebook, and you blew me away with your suggestions. Crowd sourcing for the win!

Here’s a round up of your favorite comfortable, stylish travel shoes.

shoes!

Sandals

All of you outdoorsy types go crazy for Chaco sandals. They offer killer arch support, and easily go from backpacking Europe to hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Crocs have come a long way from their beginnings as foam slip-ons! Now, they’re comfortable AND cute. Plus, they’re made to get wet, so getting caught in the rain won’t ruin your day.

For a classic pair of flip flops to take from the beach to a dressy dinner, check out these Rainbow Flip Flops. Break them in, and you’ll be set!

Birkenstocks. They’re a classic style, they’re comfortable, they pack well. ’nuff said.

Closed-toe shoes

If you plan to walk a lot, but don’t want to wear your running shoes, check out Sketcher’s slip-ons. They’re supportive and fit like a tennis shoe, but are more stylish than their running shoe buddies. I love my KEEN sneaks for the exact same reason!

And of course….Toms! They’re comfy, they slip on, and they pack well.

Check out Danskos. Nurses love them for good reason. They’re a bit pricey, but if you like the look, it’s a worthy investment.

A classic pair of flats is never a miss. For other ballet flat recommendations, check out Steve Maddens, Dr. Scholls, Patagonia, or Nine West.


Images via Amazon, right to left: Toms, Birkenstocks, Rainbows, Sketchers, Crocs Flats, Crocs sandals, Chacos, and Danskos. Some links in this post are affiliate, which means I will get a small commission if you choose to make a purchase. Thanks for supporting Balance and Blueberries!

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What shoes do you love to travel in?