Monday, July 1, 2013

Canning Homemade Strawberry Jam

I love to preserve freshly harvested fruits and veggies!  While I was away in California we picked our own strawberries to make jam.
My sister Jen helping with strawberry picking
Check out Mary's Kitchen for the recipe!
Hanging out with the nieces and nephew
Today I'm going to give you instructions on CANNING Strawberry Jam.  I've used these instructions before and I found them at Pick Your Own.

  • At least 1 large pot; I prefer 16 to 20 quart Teflon lined (taking care not to overheat the pots) pots for easy cleanup.
  • Large spoons and ladles
  • 1 Canner (a huge pot to sanitize the jars after filling (about $30 to $35 at mall kitchen stores, sometimes at big box stores and grocery stores.). *Purchase from AMAZON and we earn a very small commission*
  • Ball jars (Grocery stores, like Publix, Kroger, Safeway carry them, as do some big box stores - about $7 per dozen 8 ounce jars including the lids and rings)
  • Lids - thin, flat, round metal lids with a gum binder that seals them against the top of the jar. They may only be used once.
  • Rings - metal bands that secure the lids to the jars. They may be reused many times.
  • Jar grabber (to pick up the hot jars)- Big box stores and grocery stores sometimes carry them; and it is available online - see this page. It's a tremendously useful to put jars in the canner and take the hot jars out (without scalding yourself!). 

To get started, FIRST sterilize your jars either using the dishwasher OR boiling them.  It's a good idea to do this before you get started making your jam.
Needs more water!!!

Once you get you jam cooking, it's time to get your waterbath heated up.  Use a Large pot (maybe even the same one you used to sterilize the jars) fill 3/4 with water and set to boil.  There should be approx 2 inches of water OVER your jars.

And now for your lids...Don't forget to KEEP STIRRING your jam.  Don't let it burn!
Put the lids into a pan of hot, but not quite boiling water (that's what the manufacturer's recommend) for 5 minutes, and use the magnetic "lid lifter wand" to pull them out.  

Leave the jars in the dishwasher on "heated dry" until you are ready to use them. Keeping them hot will prevent the jars from breaking when you fill them with the hot jam. 

When your Jam is all ready to go:  Fill them to within ¼-inch of the top, wipe any spilled jam off the top, seat the lid and tighten the ring around them. Then put them into the boiling water canner! 
*The tongs REALLY come in handy here*

From Pick Your Own:
Keep the jars covered with at least 2 inches of water. Keep the water boiling. In general, boil them for 10 minutes, which is what SureJell (the makers of the pectin) recommend.  I say "in general" because you have to process (boil) them longer at higher altitudes than sea level, or if you use larger jars, or if you did not sanitize the jars and lids right before using them.  The directions inside every box of pectin will tell you exactly.  The directions on the pectin tend to be pretty conservative.

Lift the jars out of the water with your jar lifter tongs and let them cool without touching or bumping them in a draft-free place (usually takes overnight) You can then remove the rings if you like, but if you leave them on, at least loosen them quite a bit, so they don't rust in place due to trapped moisture. Once the jars are cool, you can check that they are sealed verifying that the lid has been sucked down.  You'll here several go POP when the lids suck down.

In general, home canned jams should be consumed within 12 months.  They NEVER last that long in our house!

I LOVE these pint BALL jars!

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MIH Janise said...

I seriously need to do this one day. I keep talking about it! Stopping by from THE Collective Social Blog Hop to say hi. Thank you for linking up. Have a fabulous day!


Susan@Organized31 said...

I'm too chicken to try "real" canned jam, but I have made freezer jam. My family loves it. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

Your recipe sounds awesome!
I ((love)) Strawberry Jam!!
Its my favorite!

Kerry Fountain said...

I made four batches of strawberry jam this year-- now we are waiting for raspberries, blueberries and peaches to ripen so I can make even more!! Our kids love peanut butter and jellys for I need lots!

Thanks for sharing on A Humble Bumble's Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop-- I hope you will join us again this Tuesday!
Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

Lisa Lynn said...

Great instructions!
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