Sunday, June 10, 2012

just right Strawberry Preserves

So here it is!



The left over strawberries made into Just Right Strawberry Preserves.
I have tried a few recipes and and they always come out too sweet.
One recipe was too runny and one recipe I tried was simply just not right.
It had a burnt taste to it.
Using store bought strawberries are fine but strawberries picked from a farm are just the best ones to can.
Nothing is better than vine-ripened sweet & juicy strawberries.
So head on over to the farm while there's still some berries left to pick.






Ingredients:


5 pints fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, divided 
3 cups sugar
2 lemons, zested and juiced
1 box Sure-jell No-sugar added pectin (pink box)



Directions:


  • Cut large strawberries in half. Leave smaller strawberries whole.
  • In a large pan, add sugar and lemon zest, and 1/2 of the strawberries, mash with a potato masher.

  • Add the rest of the strawberries.

  • Slowly bring strawberries to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Add lemon juice and pectin.
  • Cook until strawberry mixture is clear and syrup is thick, about 10-15 minutes. Turn off heat. Skim off foam from top of mixture as much as you can.


  • While strawberries are boiling, in a separate pot sterilize jars in boiling water.
  • Carefully take out jar with a lifter or tongs
  • Quickly ladle strawberry mixture into the hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims, adjust  two-piece lids and close.
  • Put in the canner, if you don't have one, in a separate pan with about 2 inches of water, bring water to a boil and process for 10 minutes.
  • Take jars out, set on top of towels on the counter, when you hear a "Pop", that's when you know your jars are sealed.

Makes 7 - 8 oz jars.


Note:

  • Best strawberries for canning are fresh strawberries picked right out of the farm.
  • If you are to use the preserves immediately no need to process them.
  • It is important that you wash and sterilize your jars.

4 comments:

  1. Your jam looks so good! I try to make a variety of jams every couple of years. I can't wait for our strawberry picking season to begin.

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  2. I made a very small batch of this jam and it came out wonderful! My husband absolutely loved it.
    Thanks so much for this easy recipe and for maintaining an amazing blog!

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  3. I made a very small batch of this jam and it came out wonderful! My husband absolutely loved it.
    Thanks so much for this easy recipe and for maintaining an amazing blog!

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  4. Wow, this is so simple! It looks good, I can imagine this fresh on some toast :)

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