Monday, June 21, 2010

Strawberry Jam & Menu

Deep breath in.... Deep breath out... I made it through my husbands week of vacation. WHOO HOO! Believe me, his idea of vacation's not the same one I have. We painted the house, painted the bathroom and installed a new sink, counter top and light fixture, went to see Toy Story 3 (I cried like a big ninny), made about 500 trips to town to pick up plumbing stuff and made it to Sophie's t-ball game. I'm glad vacation's over! Today I will be cleaning... it seems that's the only thing I took a vacation from last week and I'm not excited to get started :(
See that delicious looking strawberry jam? My Aunt Deloris made it (the one who also makes the amazing apple pie filling). Here's her simple recipe. You will LOVE it! Enjoy :)

STRAWBERRY JAM
4 cups prepared strawberries (buy about 2 qt. fully ripe strawberries)
7 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl
1/2 tsp. butter or margarine (optional)
1 pouch CERTO Fruit Pectin

1. Bring boiling-water canner, half-full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot, soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.
2. Stem and crush strawberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. Measure exactly 4 cups crushed strawberries into 6- or 8-quart saucepot.
3. Add sugar; stir. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in pectin. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.
4. Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with 2-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 minutes. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lid with finger. (If lid springs back, lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

SUPPER MENU
* Tuscan Grilled Steak (NEW), baked potatoes, salad, fresh fruit
* Pot Roast (NEW), mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls
* Teriyaki Chicken, rice, steamed snow peas
* Tacos- hard or soft shell
* Spaghetti, corn, garlic bread
* Grilled burgers, fries, sliced tomatoes & mozzarella, cheesecake
* Grilled steak kabobs, salad, rice, breakfast cake (NEW)

9 comments:

Kelly Polizzi said...

Who taught you to make this? I am so intimidated by canning etc. My husband really wants me to learn. Is it possible to without being shown? Like, do you think I could learn from the internet?

Tiffanee said...

The jam looks so delicious!! I love strawberry jam and there is nothing better than homemade! Your menu sounds delicious. I am excited to hear about the tuscan steaks!!

Mireya said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe! Last year we had so many strawberries, I didn't know what to do with them!

Heidi said...

My mom always made freezer jam, but this looks amazing!

Chris said...

Just be glad it was only vacation and he wasn't retiring, lol.

Looking forward to your Tuscan steak.

April said...

Canning scares me, I have no idea why. I'm going to make freezer jam soon.

Krista said...

I am a big fan of making my own strawberry jam. I never buy it at the store. This looks wonderful...and so does your menu. Yummy stuff!

The Sugar Queen said...

I love strawberry jam!

Rachel said...

This is my first day back in the blogging world and I was so very excited to see your latest recipe! My husband recently discovered "jelly"...he NEVER had it as a child and he tried it a couple of months ago and LOVES it! He was just asking me the other day if it was hard to make! Strawberry happens to be his favorite, so this might have to be my weekend project!