Simple Strawberry Jam

Author: Meera, June 1, 2015

I visited the Clayton Valley Farmer’s Market on Saturday and picked up six baskets of large strawberries trucked up from Watsonville, about a two-hour drive from my farmette.

 

Of the various cities claiming to be the strawberry capital of the world, Watsonville surely must rank as number one because it produces tons of berries to support its claim–California produces eighty percent of strawberries in America. Many, if not most, come from Watsonville.

 

Those berries in the green plastic baskets at the farmer’s market were huge and delicious and sweet. Perfect for making into¬† jam. Strawberry jam, seemingly, is everyone’s favorite, and this year I’m making some extra batches.

 

The recipe is quite simple, with only five ingredients.

 

 

Each jar will sound a pop when it has correctly sealed

Each jar will sound a pop when it has correctly sealed

 

 

STRAWBERRY JAM

 

Ingredients:

 

6 1/2 cups of washed, sliced strawberries (about 2 quarts, plus a little more)

 

1/4 cup thinly sliced lemon peel

 

7 1/2 tablespoons powdered pectin

 

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

 

6 cups granulated sugar

 

 

Directions for Preparing Jars:

 

Place nine jars in the dishwasher.

 

Simmer the rings and lids in a skillet on low heat.

 

Fill the hot-water canner with water enough to cover the jars by two inches. Bring the water to a boil.

 

 

Directions to Make Jam:

 

Slice the lemon peel off and remove any remaining white membrane from the peel.

 

Slice the lemon peel into thin strips.

 

 

Thinly peel lemon skin imparts its subtle flavor to the jam

Thinly peeled lemon skin imparts a subtle flavor to the jam

 

 

Place lemon peel in a small pan, cover with water, and boil for five minutes.

 

Drain the water off the lemon peel.

 

In a large pot, combine lemon peel, strawberries, pectin, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.

 

 

strawberries (here, sliced, not crushed) marry with the lemon peel strips for flavor

The lemon peel enhances the strawberry flavor and helps preserve the intense red color

 

 

Stir in the sugar until it is dissolved and then bring the pot to a roiling boil.

 

Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly to avoid the jam sticking to the bottom of the pan.

 

Remove the jam pot from heat and skim off any foam as needed.

 

Remove the jars from dishwasher and turn upside down on a paper towel. Before filling the jars, wipe around the jar mouth to remove wetness and turn upright to fill.

 

 

The canning process last for 15 minutes boiling time

Steam rises off the jars during the 15-minute boiling period to process the jam

 

 

Ladle the hot strawberry jam into each jar, leaving 1/4-inch head space. Wipe any jam spilled on the jar lip that might void a good seal. Then set the two-piece caps in place and screw tight. Process in the hot-water canner for 15 minutes.  Makes 9 jars.

 

 

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