Today was Strawberry Jam Day!!
If you've never attempted to make jam/jelly at home it really is quite easy. There are just a few steps to be sure to follow and within an hour or so you've got some sweet goodness to enjoy throughout the year!
4 C. crushed strawberries
4 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. fresh lemon juice
Place a large pot (big enough to hold 4 pint jars (or 8 half pints) on stove and fill 1/2 way with boiling water. (You want enough water to cover the tops of the jelly jars once placed in the pot.) Bring water to a boil.
Put crushed strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a large heavy bottomed pan
Meanwhile, sterilize jars (in dishwasher if you have a "sanitize" option)or by rinsing with boiling water.
Place lids and rings in a pan and cover with boiling water. (do not boil)
When jam has reached 220F fill jars to within 1/2 - 3/4 inch from top of jar. (This is called leaving "headspace".) Wipe the rims of each jar to clean off any syrup to allow for a clean seal.
See? Now wasn't that easy?
Hmmmm.... I wonder who might get one of these? ;-)