Strawberry Jam Made With Sure Jell.
Processed In A Hot Water Bath.
One of my favorite ways to preserve fresh strawberries is to make homemade strawberry jam with sure jell. This is the hot water bath canning method. I use this method because I have more shelf space than freezer space! The canning process is super simple and a great way to try your hand at canning.
Depending on your location, strawberry season will run from January to July! I am super envious of my Florida friends who are picking strawberries in January while we are freezing here in Pennsylvania.
Regardless of when your strawberry season is, take advantage of the fresh sweet berries and make some strawberry jam. This is the recipe that my mom made for my sister and I while we were growing up. I took a peanutbutter and jelly sandwich to school EVERY DAY. We went through a LOT of jam.
Be sure to check out my recipe for:
Strawberry jam made with sure jell ingredients:
- 8 cups strawberries
- 7 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon butter
- 1 package Sure Jell Original
Strawberry Jam Directions:
- Wash strawberries and remove the stems.
- Puree the strawberries in a food processor, crush with a potato masher OR use an emersion blender.
- Measure out 5 cups crushed strawberries and place in a large sauce pan.
- Stir in 1 package of Sure Jell original and 1/2 a teaspoon butter. The butter will help reduce the foam.
- Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil that will not stop when stirred.
- Boil for 1 minute.
- Add 7 cups of sugar and return to the rolling boil.
- Boil for exactly 1 minute, stirring the entire time.
- Remove from heat and skim off any foam with a metal or wooden spoon.
Hot Water Bath
Sterilize the jars and lids in simmering water for at least 10 minutes while you prepare your strawberry jelly.
- Ladle the hot jelly into hot jars, filling each jar to within 1/4 inch of the top.
- Wipe the jar rims of any jelly.
- Cover with a fresh, new lid and screw on a ring. Be CAREFUL! It is going to be hot.
- Using jar tongs, lower the jars into the simmering water. Make sure the jars are covered by 1-2 inches of water.
- Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the hot water bath and allow to cool completely. Listen for the ‘ping’ of the lids setting.
- Once cooled, check for seals by pressing on the centers of the lids. If there is NOT a spring back the jar is sealed! Congratulations!
- If not sealed, refrigerate the jelly and use within 3 weeks.
- If sealed the jars should be stored in a cool, dry, dark place for up to a year.
Video tutorial for DIY Freezer Jam:
strawberry jam made with sure jell