The Sweet Taste of (Almost) Summer

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!

(Can’t tell it’s) Low-Sugar Strawberry Jam
1 box Sure-Jell Pectin for less or no sugar recipes
6 cups mashed strawberries
4 cups sugar
Mash strawberries and place them in a large pot on the stove.  Mix 1/4 cup sugar with the pectin and add it to the strawberries.  Bring to a boil.  Add remaining sugar and bring back to a hard boil for one minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and ladle into hot, sterilized jars.  Wipe jar rims, add lids and rings.  Process in a boiling-water bath according to your current altitude, 10 minutes for me.  Remove from canner and place on wire rack to cool.  Allow seals to set, 12-24 hours.  Remove rings and store.
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6 responses to “The Sweet Taste of (Almost) Summer

  1. Looks delicious! I'm trying to reduce the amount of sugar we eat too. It's not easy when the husband insist on making kool aid though :(I have never canned but am going to give it a try by the end of summer!

  2. That's awesome and I encourage you to do so! I love canning and I'm slowing starting to try my hand at whole meals. My advice to you is start with jams and jellies, then branch out into fruits and veggies. You definitely want to get a pressure canner because you can only water bath certain foods safely!As for the sugar & Kool Aid, good luck with that! hahaha

  3. Hello,This post is inspiring. I am going strawberry picking tomorrow. I am planning on making some jam too. I was checking out you other blog, beautiful pictures! What kind of camera do you use?~Sage

  4. Hi Sage,Thanks for your kind words about my photography! 95% of my pictures are shot with my Nikon…every once in a while I pull out my Canon P&S. I have a post I'm currently working on that also involves strawberries so be sure to stop back! I should have it posted sometime this weekend and it is sure to please. :)Happy berry picking!

  5. woah. i think this inspires me to try strawberries next year. I'll have to make due this year with my random raspberry plant behind my house. YUM!!!!!

  6. I wish I had raspberries! I really want to make jam this year! I missed them last year because the birds got to them!!I spent a few hours this morning on the farm and picked 10 more quarts of strawberries. I would have stayed longer but it was 90 and climbing and I could feel my sunscreen giving out. They are the last of the season.

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