Making strawberry jam is fun and makes a wonderful homemade gift. I love canning and making jars filled with yummy treats. You might like my Onion and Pepper Relish (I think it tastes just like the one from Harry & David). Canned Apple Pie Filling is another great homemade edible gift. This strawberry jam was whipped up in no time and now it is ready for eating and giving! Making jam has gotten super easy and quick! Old-fashioned jam can be made in about 30 minutes. Look at this baby! It is the new Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker. It is genius! It makes making jam as easy as chopping strawberries. …and giving them a little mash. Add 3 tablespoons of Ball Classic Pectin, 3 1/4 cups crushed berries and 1/2 tsp butter (keeps the mixture from foaming) to the Jam Maker. Turn it on and watch it go. The machine will beep and then then 2 cups of sugar is added. It is as simple as that. This recipe made 4 – 1/2 pint jars.
How to make your own canner rack
While the mixture is cooking and stirring in the Jam Maker I get ready to can! Of course, a canner is best but if you don’t have one this is what I do to make my own canner rack. I take old canning jar rings and hook them together with wire. Place this is the bottom of a heavy pot. A round cooking rack also works well. This keeps the jars off the bottom of the pot and will prevent the glass jars from cracking.
How to can
Make sure your jars are washed and kept warm. I put mine in the dishwasher and pull them out when they are dry but still hot. Fill the cooked strawberry mixture into hot jars. Leave 1/4 inch space from the top of the jar (headspace). Wipe the rim and side of jars. Place the lids on the jars and tighten until fingertip tight. Place filled jars inside the pot or canner, making sure the jars are covered by 1 – 2 inches of water. Place lid on the pot. Boil (process) for 10 minutes. You might need to adjust the time for altitude. Turn of the heat. Let jars stand 5 minutes. Carefully remove jars from the water and allow to cool. You will start to hear the jars make a “ping”. After about 12 hours check to make sure the jars are properly sealed. Press on the lid. The lid should not flex up or down. If it does refrigerate. The sealed jam will last in your pantry for up to a year. It is so yummy though it won’t stick around that long.
Printable Jam Labels
Homemade jam makes a perfect gift. A cute jar label and some ribbon is all you need! Free Printable Canning Label Download