Easy Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam

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You may have figured out by now that my husband likes to eat healthy food.  Whenever possible, he chooses foods that are naturally sweetened rather than sweetened with artificial sweeteners or sugar.  Jelly or jam is an example.  He likes the ones that are naturally sweetened.  Unfortunately, Wal-mart stopped carrying that type of jelly so when he needs more, I have to make a special trip to HyVee.

So when I saw this recipe for strawberry jam I could make myself, I decided to give it a try.  It was easy to make (when I paid attention to what I was doing – more on that later) and tasted great.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. strawberries, rinsed off, patted dry & hulled
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 teaspoons lemon zest (1) ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2)

Directions:

Place the strawberries in a large pot and mash them with a potato masher.  Add the honey, lemon zest and lemon juice and heat over medium high.

Boil, stirring every now and then, until the mixture thickens, about 45 minutes.  It could take more or less time depending on your strawberries. (3)

To test if it’s done, put some of the jam on a clean spoon and then put the spoon on a plate in the freezer.  Let it sit in there for 5 minutes and then take it out.  If the jam doesn’t fall easily off the spoon when you turn it to the side, it’s ready and you can take the pot off the heat.  If it does pour off easily, continue cooking for another 5 minutes and then test it again.

Once done, let the jam cool, pour into jars and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Notes:

(1)     I used dried but it’s expensive!

(2)     I used bottled lemon juice.

(3)     Okay – here’s my sad story.  You know I have ADHD, right?  Well, this type of recipe is dangerous for me unless I set multiple timers.  Did you see the part in the recipe where it said “stir every now and then” and “it could take more or less time”?  Well, I saw those directions and fully intended to start the strawberries and then set several timers to remind me to stir and check.  But I didn’t set any timers except the one on the stove for the full 45 minutes.  By the time I got upstairs and started working on the blog, I completely forgot to set any other timers.  Next thing I knew, the only timer I set went off.  “What???  It’s been 45 minutes???  Oh, no!”  I ran downstairs to check the strawberry jam and it was RUINED.  Not only was it ruined, but so was my pan.  I tried everything known to man to get the crud off the bottom of the pan but it won’t budged.  I finally gave up and tossed it.  So not paying attention cost me my favorite pan and two pounds of strawberries.

I tried making the strawberries again and this time I did set timers and the jam turned out delicious.

recipe from Go Gluten Free Magazine, Summer 2014
recipe created by Texanerin.com

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Comments

  1. Sounds good, Patty. Sorry you had to lose a pot over it though! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burned stuff because I get sidetracked. It’s a bummer when it happens. Glad you had a happy ending! File this under Funny Stories To Laugh About Years From Now!!

    • Yep – funny story to laugh about IN THE FUTURE. I was just so irritated with myself. I know better than that. Without multiple timers I forget every single time!!!

  2. I just finished my first time alone making strawberry jam. I followed your recipe and instructions. My jam turned out great. Thanks for the yummy recipe and the detailed instructions and information. Thanks for posting! Looking forward for more recipes soon.
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    • So glad you had success and liked it! Believe it or not, it was my first try, too. Jellies and jams have always scared me.

  3. I love making jam! My three year old loves PB & J so i feel better knowing what is in the jam as opposed to what is in the grocery store. I can totally relate to leaving stuff on the stove. I no longer leave the kitchen when cooking something. I just clean something in the kitchen (that room is NEVER 100% clean) while pots are on the stove. :-)

    • Oh, yeah. Can’t leave the kitchen while cooking. Leaving is a very bad idea. Very bad. Glad I’m not the only one. And cleaning the kitchen while waiting in the kitchen is actually a very good idea. I hate cleaning my kitchen all at one time. I’d rather do a little each day.

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