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Strawberry Jam (tutorial + printable labels)

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It’s pick’in season y’all! The most glorious time of the year when berries cost next to nothing or, if you are really lucky, are growing for free in your own backyard. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making my own jam but was intimidated by the intense process. This was before I discovered freezer jam. Super easy, a great way to enjoy your bounty all year, makes for awesome gifts, oh and most importantly… delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:

8 half pint mason jars with lids

2 c crushed strawberries (buy 1 qt fully ripe strawberries)

4 c sugar

3/4 c water

1 box SURE-JELl Fruit Pectin

Printable jam labels and date tracker

Step One:

Rinse jars and lids with boiling water. Dry throughly. Stem and crush strawberries throughly, 1 cup at a time. Measure exactly 2 cups prepared fruit into large bowl. Stir in sugar. Let stand for 10 min; stir occasionally.

Step Two:

Mix water and pectin in small saucepan. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring for 1 min. Add to fruit mixture; stir 3 min. or until sugar is almost dissolved.

Step Three:

Fill all containers immediately after the 3 min are up. Leave 1/2 inch on top of mason jars. Wipe off all edges and immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use!

The jam can be stored in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or in freezer up to 1 year. Make sure to thaw in refrigerator before using.

I had the best time decorating my jars of jam using scraps of fabric, ribbon, and these FREE eMeals jam jar printables. These make perfect neighbor or hostess gifts. If you want to check out some different customizable printable labels, check out this website.

Just for the record, the hubby and I have eaten strawberry jam and toast every morning for breakfast. Truly better than store bought. Get to pick’n y’all!

Have you tried making jam before? If so, what is your favorite?

Meaghan is our Publix for 2 meal plan writer. She and her husband, Ross, have one fur baby Sadie.  Meaghan has been working at eMeals since April 2011.

2 thoughts on “Strawberry Jam (tutorial + printable labels)

  1. Lynda

    Did you put your jam in the refrigerator because you specifically wanted it there or did you put the jam in the refrigerator because it wouldn’t set otherwise? The reason I ask is that I see you have a smooth top range and no one I know who has one (me for one) has had jelly set etc.

    We believe it is because the heat cycles on and off and isn’t a steady heat like on a gas range or many electrical ranges. Just wondering,

    1. Heather BrownHeather Brown

      Hi Lynda,
      Meaghan said, “My jelly set awesome!! No problems. And yes you are suppose to keep in fridge after 24 hours of sitting in room temperature. Or place in freezer to store for up to a year.”

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