I’ve been berry busy this week making sure all those tasty strawberries I picked last Sunday found their way into delectable edibles. Translation: quality time with my canner! I also ended up with my first burn of the season. Unfortunately, I know it won’t be my last. One day I will have a large kitchen with a nice big stove. Then, I won’t be reaching over my canner for the back burners and constantly cooking the skin on my forearms!
Ask anyone their favorite fruit and I’m willing to bet 9 out of 10 give the answer strawberries. Unfortunately, the growing season is wicked short, especially for Early Glow, which happens to be my favorite variety! It lasts about 10 days, so if you blink, they are gonna be gone! Since this particular jam is a favorite among the members of my family, I decided to make 3 batches this year. I’m also making a conscious effort to cut back on my sugar intake, so I decided to try the low-sugar pectin. It reduces the required amount of sugar by 3 cups, and I was delighted to find the end result was still a very sweet and tasty jam!