By Jennifer Allen at Faithful Homestead
Bounty: the theme for June. When I hear the word my mind instantly thinks of the bountiful garden goodies that are available this time of year. Especially strawberries. Local strawberries, loved for their wonderful taste and beauty, and ripening now. In years past, I have taken the kids to u-pick strawberry patches so that we could get loads of these sweet, luscious berries. However, this year we have been blessed to be able to pick from the surplus of my dad’s garden. Next year, we hope that our newly planted strawberry beds will produce abundantly.
Of course, we eat them fresh, but we also use them to make strawberry jam. I like to use a low sugar, no cook method for freezer strawberry jam. Here is how I make Strawberry Jam:
- Pick, wash and remove caps from strawberries.
- Mash enough strawberries to make 4 cups. (I use a potato masher but you can also use your food processor on pulse) Then put the mashed strawberries into a large bowl.
- Mix 3 cups sugar, one box Sure-Jell Less or No Sugar Needed Pectin in large sauce pan. Stir in 1 cup of water. Bring to full rolling boil for 1 minute. Stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and stir in strawberries for at least one minute or until well mixed.
- Ladle jam into clean mason jars. Clean rims and apply lids and rings. Let sit at room temperature until it has set up. (Less than 24 hours) then store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in freezer for up to one year.
I encourage you to go get some of those bountiful strawberries and enjoy them, whether from your garden, a u-pick patch or your local farmer’s market. I hope you will have a chance to stock up on some strawberries so that you can enjoy their goodness all year round.
Jennifer is a Christian homeschooling mama of 6 sweet blessings. She also has two step children who have already blessed her with some sweet grandchildren. Jennifer grew up canning and raising a garden and also raises various types of livestock on the family farm. She writes about the journey of becoming a more self-sufficient family on her blog, Faithful Homestead.