Friday, June 11, 2010

Floating Fruit and Strawberry Jam

Last Saturday, Momma and I made some strawberry jam. We made 9 pints. Momma and I used the same recipe as last year from the Ball Blue Book. However, we quadrupled the recipe last year, used two types of pectin and ended up with floating fruit over a strawberry syrup.

Strawberry Jam
Yield: About 9 pints

4 quarts strawberries
2 packages powdered pectin
1/2 cup lemon juice
14 cups sugar

Wash strawberries; drain. Remove stems. Crush strawberries one layer at a time. Combine strawberries, powdered pectin and lemon juice in a large sauce pot. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, or until slightly gelled. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. Process 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.

The first load in the canner separated. However, the second load of 2 did not since the jam sat out while we were waiting. I added the wait to the recipe... We also had our first jar breakage - thankfully it was an empty jar!

Since the second load started to gel while we waited, we realized that the others would probably gel as well, even though they were separated. We have a helpful e-Book on canning that noted that rolling jars with separated syrup and fruit after they sealed would mix the fruit and syrup together and allow it to set up correctly. We rolled the separated jars and the jam mixed and set up!

The great e-Book is called Every Step in Canning by Grace Viall Gray. Even though it was written in the early 1900's, I have gained some very helpful and useful tips on canning. It also is an interesting read to see the history of canning and how it has progressed over the years since then. Mrs. Gray also was a home economics teacher and used some of her expertise in the book. This e-Book is available at at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend it!

1 comment:

  1. I can almost 'taste' this jam through the screen! It looks sooooooo tasty.
    Keep up the good're inspiring me!
    Love, Anne x