Introduction: Homemade Strawberry Jam
Hey everyone! So my mom showed me how to make delicious, homemade strawberry jam. I decided to make an Instrutable for it, because it is DEEEELLLLIIIIIIICCCIIIIOOOOUUUUUSSSS!!! So pay really close attention and you too will have delicious jam!
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
For this recipe, you will need...
•10-12 cups of strawberries
•1 1.75-ounce package regular powdered fruit pectin
•1/2 teaspoon butter
•7 cups sugar
Step 2: Gather Your Utensils
To make this jam you will need...
•large mixing bowl
•spoon and spatula
•9 half pint jars
•large, heavy pot
•wide mouth funnel, jar lifter, measuring tool
Step 3: Wash Them Up
Since there are tons of strawberries to be washed, you can use you sink. Fill it up halfway and put some strawberries in.
Step 4: Cleaning Time
Spray the strawberries with veggie cleaning spray and let them rinse off.
Step 5: Strainer
Scoop some strawberries into your strainer and strain the water out.
Step 6: Like This
Step 7: Off With Its Head!
Cut the top of a strawberry off and throw it away.
Step 8: Now the Center
Now cut a little bit of the center out of the strawberry.
Step 9: Throw the Top Away
Step 10: Cut Up
Cut the strawberry up and place it in the large mixing bowl.
Step 11: A Tip for Tips
If there is a white tip at the bottom of a strawberry, cut it off. It's really hard!
Step 12: Potato Smasher
When you have filled up the mixing bowl 1/8 of the way, use the potato smasher to smash the strawberries.
Step 13: Repeat
Repeat this process until you have 5 cups of jam.
Step 14: Nice and Thick
Once you have smashed one bowl of strawberries, pour them into a measuring cup.
Step 15: How Kids Can Help
Kids can help smash the strawberries. Show them how and start them off. They will feel helpful, trust me.
Step 16: I Helped Too
Step 17: Pour
Pour the 5 cups into a large bowl. DO NOT TURN ON THE STOVE YET!!! Just have the large bowl on the oven.
Step 18: In the Meantime...
In the meantime, have another very large pot on another burner. Fill it up with water and bring the water to a boil. Then place a few jars into the water to sterilize them.
Step 19: Kettle
Also put a kettle on the burner full of boiling water. Point the spout towards your cooling rack. The steam and heat coming out of the spout will keep your jars warm.
Step 20: Canning Tools
These are the tools you will use to remove the jar parts from the boiling water. The long, skinny green thing is called a lifter. It has a magnet at the end. The funnel will be used to neatly pour the jam into the jars. The ruler will be used to measure. And the claw will grab the glass part of the jar.
Step 21: Lifter
Use the lifter to remove these things.
Step 22: Claw
Use this claw to remove the these.
Step 24: Pectin
Put your pectin into a small bowl. What pectin does is it makes your jam like gel instead of being solid or liquid.
Step 25: Sugar
Put your sugar near the oven. The sugar makes it sweet.
Step 26: Put in Pectin and Butter
Stir the pectin and butter to the jam the butter reduces the amount of foam.
Step 27: Full Boil
Then bring this mixture to a full rolling boil and stir constantly.
Step 28: Add Sugar
Then add all of the sugar.
Step 29: Full Boil... Again
Bring the mixture back to a full boil and stir constantly. Then bring it to a hard boil for a minute, and stir constantly.
Step 30: Foamy
Then get a paper plate and scrape the foam off of the top of the jam. Put the foam on the paper plate.
Step 31: Ladle
Use a ladle to ladle the jam into the clean jars. Use the funnel to keep the jam in.
Step 33: Ruler
Use some type of measuring tool and make sure that you leave a 1/4 headspace.
Step 34: Clean
Clean the rim of the jelly jar off with a paper towel.
Step 36: Sterilize Again
Put the jars back into the sterilizing pot for 5 minutes.
Step 38: Operation Cleanup
Clean up your mess! Making jam is super messy!
Step 40: Shake and Enjoy
When they're cooling, shake them every 20 minutes until they're cool. Then put they on toast, sandwiches, or anything! Enjoy and thank you for viewing=)