Have you picked up Jam lately? The price of Jam is sky high – at least for the variety without High Fructose Corn Syrup….. Cascadian Farms is what we usually buy but I can’t bring myself to spend $3.39 on a tiny little jar. That’s just outrageous.
I have been wanting to try making jam for a while – and it entailed getting myself up to the Farmers Market to pickup inexpensive Strawberries. I was able to score 3 pounds for $1, and decided it was a great time.
- 4-5 lbs of Fresh Strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
- 3 C. of Sugar
- 1-2 boxes of Pectin (I used Kroger brand)
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- Wash the Strawberries, and cut out the stem.
- Slice them up in half or quarters & toss in the crockpot.
- Use a potato masher to mash them up slightly (you want a little liquid).
- Then add the sugar and pectin, and cook on low for 8 hrs (I cooked mine overnight)… or high for 4.
- Open up the lid, and if the mixture hasn't thickened enough, add 1/2 – 1 box of additional Pectin in and stir around, re-cover.
- Pour into jars, put the lid & cap on, and throw in the freezer – it’ll continue to thicken in the freezer (and will keep there, too!)
- You can move one to the fridge if you'd like.
- My children took off with the potato masher so after 8 hours, I poured 1/2 of the mixture from the crockpot in the blender to blend slightly, then re-poured back into the crockpot.
- I used 5 lbs of Strawberries - each pound made 1 Pint of Jam.