This customizable, make it your way, strawberry jam canning recipe is fast and easy, and so fun to make with a group. Select your add-in flavors, and follow the easy recipe below.
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Strawberry jam is a fast and fun recipe that a beginner can make and this recipe explains how you can round up a selection (or just a few) of optional add ins to add just before canning to customize your jam and make it your own.
One way to tell which jar is which is to use these fun, colored lids. You’ll know that the balsamic flavored jam has the red lid, and the one with minced jalapeño has a green lid.
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This customizable strawberry jam is easy to make especially in wide mouth half pint jars. You’ll have a perfect serving of specially flavored jam to give or keep and the wide mouth makes the addition of the flavoring easy.
This would be a fun recipe to make with a group (see this post for a recipe for canning for a party!)
Customizable Strawberry Jam Canning Recipe
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You will need
10 cups strawberries, washed and chopped
7 cups sugar
2 lemons, squeezed
2 boxes liquid pectin
Customize with an optional add in- 1 teaspoon each per 1 cup/half pint jar
–vanilla paste or extract
–orange flower water
-finely minced jalapeno, seeds removed
–dried or fresh lavender
-lemon or orange zest
-teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1.Prepare your water bath canning pot or your steam canner. Fill the water bath canning pot with water, add 7-8 half pint jars, and bring to a boil OR fill the steam canner to fill line and turn on low with the half pint jars nearby on a towel-covered counter top.
2.Combine strawberries and lemon juice. Simmer together in a preserving pan (a heavy bottomed, wide pan) and stir occasionally for 15 minutes.
3. Optional: Remove from heat and ladle into a food mill. Process jam through for a super smooth jam.
4.Return strawberries to a boil, add sugar, and whisk in pectin quickly.
5.Ladle into jars one at a time, adding 1 teaspoon of your optional add-in flavoring. Stir with a toothpick or spoon to quickly incorporate.
6. Apply lids and rings, and either submerge into the boiling water of the boiling water bath with a jar lifter OR set gently on the rack of the steam canner.
7.Process for 10 minutes PLUS 5 minutes for every 1000 ft above sea level. Remove from heat, rest jars carefully on towel covered countertop. Label cooled jars and store for up to 1 year. Yields 10 half pint jars.