Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe
I love living on the Central Coast! Not only is it gorgeous with the beaches and the ocean on the coast or the great weather, but also because I have access to freshly grown California Strawberries just minutes from us. I’ve always loved strawberries, ever since I was a little girl. I remember my Grandma growing them in wine barrels in her backyard. She had about four barrels filled with them and I honestly don’t ever think she got any of them for herself. This wasn’t because they weren’t growing, but rather because her grandkids would eat them whenever they came over to visit (I know this because I was one of them)!
For a long time, I’ve been wanting to make homemade jam and had the canner to do it, but had never just done it! Well that changed and one day, I decided to make homemade jam with our daughters. It was my first time making it and it turned out delicious! I shared it with family and friends and kept some for ourselves, too. I honestly thought that my first time making it might turn out to be a disaster, but to my surprise, it was easy and fun, as well as rewarding with how good it tasted and the compliments we received on it. In fact, I had a few friends ask when I was going to making jam again – ha ha!
Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe
- Half Pint (8 oz) Glass Preserving Jars with Lids and Bands
- Automatic Home Canning System with SmartPreserve Technology (Model FTAC-13-10)
- Canning rack (this comes with the Model FTAC-13-10 Canning System)
- Jar lifter (this comes with the Model FTAC-13-10 Canning System)
- Blender (I used a Vitamix)
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- 4 cups crushed strawberries
- 5 cups sugar
- 4-1/2 tbspLiquid Fruit Pectin
- 1/2 tbsp Butter
Pre-Heating Your Empty Jars
1 – Remove the Inner Pot from the Appliance. Remove the Rack and set aside. Fill the Inner Pot with warm tap water to the fill line.
2 – Return the Inner Pot to the Appliance. Place the Rack back into the Inner Pot.
3 – Wash the jars, lids and bands in hot, soapy water. Rinse well.
4 – Place the empty jars onto the Rack in the Inner Pot. Set the preserving lids and bands aside in your work space. Close and lock the Appliance Lid.
5 – Press the PRE-HEAT button and then press START. The red Pre-Heating light will illuminate and the Appliance will begin Pre-Heating you jars. During this time, you can start making your jam recipe. Jars will be Pre-Heated when the green Ready light is flashing. Keep the jars in the Appliance, with the Lid closed, until ready to fill with the prepared recipe.
Make the Strawberry Jam
1 – Wash the strawberries and remove stems.
2 – Crush the strawberries. I put our strawberries in our VitaMix and used the pulse mode until they were crushed.
3 – Pour the crushed berries into an 8-quart saucepan.
3 – Gradually stir in the liquid fruit pectin. Add butter, if using.
4 – Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, over high heat. Stir constantly. Add the entire amount of sugar, stirring to dissolve. Return the mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim the foam, if necessary, from the top of the jam.
Preserve Your Jam
1 – Unlock and open the Appliance Lid.
2 – Remove one hot jar. Close the lid, but do not lock, to keep remaining jars hot.
3 – Ladle the hot jam into a hot jar, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe any jam from the rim of the jar. Center the new lid on the jar. Twist on the band until fingertip tight. Return the filled jar onto the Rack in the Inner Pot. Repeat this step until all the jars are filled with jam and returned to the Inner Pot. Close and lock the Lid.
4 – Press JAMS & JELLIES and then press RECIPE 1. Press START to begin preserving. The Appliance will start sensing your recipe, indicated by the orange Sensing light. Then, the preserving phase will begin, indicated by the orang Preserving light. When your appliance beeps and the green Ready light is flashing, your jam has been successfully preserved! Press STOP. Unlock and open Lid.
5 – Remove the jars from the Inner Pot using the jar lifter and place upright on a towel. Allow to cool, undisturbed, for 12 to 24 hours.
Checking Your Lids for Seals
1 – Press on the center of the cooled lid. If the jar is sealed, the lid will not flex up or down.
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2 – Remove the band and gently lift up on the lid. You should not be able to lift it off the jar.
Storing Your Jars
You can store your sealed jars in your pantry or a cool, dry and dark place for up to 1 year! Jars may be stored without the bands, or you may clean the underside of the bands to ensure that no moisture is trapped during storage.
Enjoy your homemade food or share with your family and friends as gifts!
I loved making Homemade Strawberry Jam! Using the Automatic Home Canning System with SmartPRESERVE Technology (Model FTAC-13-10) was super easy! I can’t wait to make more strawberry jam and other jam flavors as well.
What is your favorite thing to preserve?