First Time Canning - Strawberry Jam

Discussion in 'Canning' started by roadkill cafe, May 26, 2013.

  1. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    At the risk of having my "Man Card" suspended, I decided to try my hand at making and canning my own strawberry jam. Picked up a Granite Ware water bath canner ($19.98), 1/2 pint jars and related items at Wally World and a 4 lb. clam shell of strawberries that looked really nice at Costco ($6.99). Life got in the way and I wasn't able to get to it right away. A couple days later the strawberries were a bit over-ripe but still looked useable with some trimming. I know as they become more ripe the pectin in them decreases and was concerned they wouldn't set up so I cooked a little longer than the one minute stated in the recipe. Looks like it's setting up ok. Being this was my first time I went with the traditional recipe on the Ball website which was:

    5 Cups Strawberries (mashed)

    1/4 Cup Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed)

    7 Cups Sugar

    6 Tbsp Pectin (used Sure-Jell instead of Ball)

    Next time I'll try a variation of this that looked really good which was reducing lemon juice to 1 Tbsp. and adding 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar.

    My daughter now wants me to do some raspberries jam but they're a bit pricey right now. However, blueberries are looking pretty good. [​IMG]

    To get back in the good graces of the powers that be, and hopefully get any suspension lifted, today I'll try pickling some fresh okra and Kirby cukes for pickles. We'll see how that turns out [​IMG]. I have some fresh garlic, fresh dill and pickling spice. Tips/ideas for the pickling are welcomed. I really want to do some Half Sours (like Ba-Tampte) but can't find a recipe for them anywhere.

    Anyways, here are a couple pics because I know the[​IMG]. [​IMG]


  2. Looks good to me Steve.

    Happy smoken.

  3. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks David. Have a great weekend!!
  4. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks like a success!!
  5. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member's been a while and so far your Man Card is still in place!  [​IMG]

    You did great Steve!  Told you canning is not that hard!  Looks really pretty!

    Now you are hooked!

  6. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    Thank you, David.
    Thanks Kat. So far, so good. Any suspension will be blamed on you [​IMG]  LOL
  7. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Steve....I know....It will be my fault for getting you into a mess!  Canning and Preserving is not for Sissies!  It's hard work....but sooooo worth it!

  8. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    Just kidding Kat [​IMG]. Thank you for the tips. You're sooo right and I'm sure it would have been even more hard work without your advice!! [​IMG]  Can't wait to try it.

  9. mike johnson

    mike johnson Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

     Be careful !! Once you start you keep going on to try new things. Much like with this site I started just for the smoking meat and now I do my own bacon and sausage. I started with jam and now I do pressure canning also. I had to build a pantry to keep it all. 

  10. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    That's what I'm afraid of!! It can all be very addicting but it's a good addiction to have!!

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