Recipe by evelyn/athens
This is a classic Canadian recipe. Simple and delicious. It's not thick, like pectin-based jams, but I think it's truer to the fruit and more delicious. Try it with Lemon-Walnut Scones - perfect pairing. ETA: Many people have asked me why this recipe contains butter. The butter prevents the jam from foaming while you're cooking it - the foam is unattractive and spoils the appearance of the jam. Adding a little butter eliminates this problem.
Top Review by zeldaz51
This delicious recipe is written using old-fashioned methods, but rest assured it is perfectly safe to store unopened on the pantry shelf if processed using contemporary techniques (boiling water bath), so don't pass it by if you're concerned. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques, please go to http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can_home.html for the current information.
- 3 lbs fresh strawberries, washed and hulled (about 9 cups)
- 4 cups sugar
- 1⁄3 cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large saucepan, bring strawberries up to a simmer over medium-low heat, mashing roughly with a potato masher or flat spoon.
- Add sugar and lemon juice, stir, and bring up to a simmer for 2 minutes.
- Add butter and bring to a vigorous boil, stirring often, and cook for 10 to 20 minutes, periodically measuring the viscosity of the jam by dabbing a spoonful onto a plate and tipping the plate.
- Once the jam slows its drip down the plate (it should no longer run like a syrup), remove from heat and skim off foam.
- Fill jars that have been washed, rinsed, dried and boiled in a pot of water for 3 minutes to 1/4 inch from the top.
- Fasten lids securely and boil jars in a vat of water (be sure jars are completely submerged) for 15 minutes.
- Remove jars with tongs and let cool upright.
- Check for secure seals on jars (lid should not spring when touched) and store in a cool place away from light for up to a year.
- Any jars that do not achieve a proper seal should be refrigerated.