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Monday, June 4, 2012

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

It's that delightful time of the year when rhubarb and strawberries are in abundance.  Here's a tasty way to make use of the bounty!  

Recipe yields 6 half pints

2 c. crushed strawberries
2 c. chopped rhubarb
6 Tbs pectin powder
1/4 c. lemon juice
5 1/2 c. sugar

Before you begin, prepare your hot water bath, jars, and lids.  Ball Canning provides an excellent step-by-step for this.

Next, prepare and measure out all ingredients.  (When it comes time to add the sugar, you will want to be able to dump it right in.)

Combine strawberries, rhubarb, pectin and lemon juice in a large saucepot.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Once a full boil is reached, add the sugar, stirring until dissolved.  Return to a rolling boil.  Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat. 

Skim foam if necessary.  Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Adjust 2-piece caps.  Process 10 minutes in boiling water canner.

  • Use a liquid measuring cup for strawberries and lemon juice to ensure accuracy in measuring.
  • Fresh lemon juice is best, but not vital.
  • You may want a potholder in your hand when you stir the boiling jam - it bubbles & spits.
  • A dab of butter added in during the boiling will reduce foam.

Recipe source: Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving
Image source: Kraft.com