Thursday, February 17, 2011

Homemade Strawberry & Blueberry Jam RECIPE :)

I doubled the recipe given and at the last minute of smushing the strawberries decided I needed to add fresh blueberries too :) YUM!

I used the Freezer Jam recipe inside the box of SureJell Fruit Pectin.  This is the one from the website here:

2 cups crushed strawberries (approx 2 pt. fully ripe strawberries)
4 cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl
1 pouch SURE.JELL Fruit Pectin
1/4 cup fresh lemon Juice


RINSE 5 (1-cup) plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly. Stem and crush strawberries thoroughly, 1 cup at a time. Measure exactly 2 cups prepared fruit into large bowl. Stir in sugar. Let stand 10 min., stirring occasionally.
MIX water and pectin in small saucepan. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring 1 min. Add to fruit mixture; stir 3 min. or until sugar is almost dissolved. (A few sugar crystals may remain.)
FILL all containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or in freezer up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.
Omit water and boiling step. Mix 1 pouch CERTO Fruit Pectin and 2 Tbsp. lemon juice in bowl. Stir into fruit mixture in large bowl. Continue as directed. Makes about 4 (1-cup) containers.
To get exact level cup measure of sugar, spoon sugar into dry metal or plastic measuring cup, then level by scraping excess sugar from top of cup with a straight-edged knife

Smush strawberries

Smush Check!

Squeeze Lemons (enlist a helper!)

stir the strawberry/blueberry/lemon juice goo into the sugar

This is what it looks like mixed.  Let it sit for 10 minutes before you ad in the pectin.  I think we waited 15 because the sugar wasn't dissolved yet.  

This batch filled up 7 jelly jars! (I reused one of the old jelly jars)
Certo Pectin at Walmart $2.87
Sugar $2.18
Strawberries $3.94
Lemon $.20
Total $9.19 or $1.31 per jar! woo hoo!

AMAZING!!  Also tastes fantastic on top of ice cream! 

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