I bought 8 quarts of freshly picked strawberries from Bullards. Some of the most beautiful strawberries I've ever seen or tasted!
Here's what you'll need:
1. Strawberries (2 pt. make 5 cups)
2. Sugar (4 cups for one batch)
3. Sure Jell (1 box a batch)
Here is what I got for 36 (miscellaneously sized) jars:
1. That huge box of berries above - $28
2. 15 lbs sugar (I used about 13) - $10.08
3. 8 boxes Sure Jell - $20
4. Miscellaneous jars saved over the years - free
Total = $58.08
If you have any kind of coupon savvy-ness, this could easily be much cheaper! I made enough jars for 3 a month for the next year. Most people don't go through jam quite that fast, but if most people made this jam they probably would!!
Here's what you'll do:
1. Gather supplies.
|Obviously you will need different amounts than what is pictured!|
|Watch Biggest Loser on Netflix while you do this.|
I just rinsed a couple of cups then moved right into the next step.
4. Mash strawberries.
A potato masher works great unless you are doing a million batches like me. In that case, a small food processor is your savior. If you use a food processor, just do a handful or two at a time so you have control of how fine you make your berries. Don't puree, tho!
5. Measure strawberries.
You need 2 cups of mashed strawberries. Pour them into a large bowl.
6. Add 4 cups sugar. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes.
Sorry no pic for this one. I knew I'd forget a picture somewhere.
7. Prepare Sure Jell.
When you have 2-3 minutes left of your 10 minutes, pour the packet of Sure Jell and 3/4 c water into a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil. Once it is boiling, stir constantly for 1 minute.
8. Add Sure Jell mixture to strawberry mixture.
Stir for about 3 minutes or until it is no longer grainy.
9. Pour jam into jars.
Make sure to leave about a half inch of space at the top for freezing.
Let the jam sit at room temperature for 24 hours then freeze for up to a year! (Well, the year thing is what the box says, but it totally lasts longer than that).
What else I have to say:
-This is a messy (and delicious!) process. Be prepared.
|This doesn't include the jar filling station!|
-It took me between 4 and 5 hours total. I wouldn't recommend starting at 9pm. But I do recommend doing this while you are kid free!
-Once you eat this jam, you will never go back!!
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