Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam
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Cuisine: American
 
Nothing beats a homemade biscuit topped with fresh strawberry jam! If you've never made jelly or jam before - no worries, you can do it! Just follow these directions closely, and you will be so proud of what you've accomplished. And you can also share your sweet creation with family & friends. All you will need to make homemade jam is: empty jelly jars and lids, powdered fruit pectin (such as Sure Jell), and sugar all which you can find at your local grocery store. And of course, fresh strawberries picked right here from Southern Belle Farm!
Ingredients
  • 4 cups crushed strawberries (about 2 quart boxes)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 package powdered fruit pectin
  • jelly jars, lids and rings
Instructions
  1. Included in the fruit pectin box are very detailed instructions on how to prepare your berries, cook them down and other tips for Jam making! Have fun and enjoy!

 

Jams and Jellies

Nothing beats a homemade biscuit topped with fresh strawberry jam!
If you’ve never made jelly or jam before – no worries, you can do it!  Just follow these directions closely, and you will be so proud of what you’ve accomplished.  And you can also share your sweet creation with family & friends.
All you will need to make homemade jam is: empty jelly jars and lids, powdered fruit pectin (such as Sure Jell), and sugar all which you can find at your local grocery store.  And of course, fresh strawberries picked right here from Southern Belle Farm!
We know you will be so proud of your homemade strawberry jam – Share a picture or two on our Southern Belle Farm Facebook page!

Strawberry Jam

4 cups crushed strawberries (about 2 quart boxes)
4 cups sugar
1 package powdered fruit pectin
jelly jars, lids and rings
Included in the fruit pectin box are very detailed instructions on how to prepare your berries, cook them down and other tips for Jam making!  Have fun and enjoy!

Be sure to check out our other recipes in ‘Belle’s Blog’!
strawberry patch, McDonough GAWhen you have more strawberries than you can eat…freeze them and enjoy them all year long!Strawberries are easy to freeze. You can use a dry-sugar or a syrup pack. The dry-sugar pack is especially easy and gives the best flavor and color for sliced or crushed berries.  For whole frozen berries a syrup pack is recommended because it produces a plump, well-shaped berry after thawing. For special sugar-free diets, strawberries can be frozen unsweetened, but they will not be as high in quality as sugar- or syrup-packed berries.
Twelve pounds or 8 quarts of fresh strawberries will yield approximately 13 pints of frozen berries.  No matter which type of pack you choose to use, follow these general directions for preparing and packaging strawberries for freezing:
  • Use only firm, fully ripe berries.
  • To avoid bruising and soaking the berries, wash only a few at a time in cold water.
  • Drain on absorbent paper or in a colander or sieve.
  • Remove the hulls with the tip of a floating blade peeler.
  • Chill the fruit in ice water to lower its temperature for fast freezing.

When packaging for freezing:

  • Do not fill containers completely; allow a head space of ½” for pints, 1/4″ for 11/2 pints, and I” for quarts.
  • Seal containers and label with the name of the product and the date frozen.
  • Freeze promptly, then store at 0 degree F or below.

Dry-Sugar Pack

  • Halve, quarter, or slice clean berries into a bowl or shallow pan. If desired, berries may be crushed rather than sliced.
  • Sprinkle sugar over berries, using 1/3 to 3/4 cup sugar for each quart of fruit.
  • Gently turn berries over and over until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved.
  • Package and freeze.

Syrup Pack

Make a syrup using 11/4 cups water to each cup sugar. Dissolve the sugar in either cold or hot water; if hot water is used, be sure to chill the syrup before using. Use about ½ to 1/3 cup of syrup for each pint container. Place whole or sliced berries in containers and cover with cold syrup. Package and freeze.

For other helpful recipes and tips on using fresh strawberries, visit ‘Belle’s Blog’!

Will you be my Valentine?

Check Yes or No — I mean ‘Chex®’ Yes or No!!
If you check ‘Yes’ – enjoy this gluten free recipe!

Valentine Chex® Mix (Gluten Free)

Red, white and pink make a lovely Chex® mix, especially when it’s ready in just 30 minutes!

Valentine Chex® Mix

INGREDIENTS

9 cups Rice Chex® cereal (gluten free)

1 cup white vanilla baking chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup red, white and pink candy-coated chocolate candies
1/4 cup red or pink jimmies sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Step 1:  In large bowl, place cereal. In small microwavable bowl, microwave baking chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  • Step 2:  Place 1/2 of the cereal mixture in 1-gallon food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool, about 15 minutes.
  • Step 3:  Meanwhile, stir candies and sprinkles into remaining cereal mixture. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool, about 15 minutes.
  • Step 4:  In serving bowl, mix both cereal mixtures. Store in airtight container.

 

VALENTINE GIFT IDEA:
And to make sweet treats for that special someone, look for decorated cellophane bags in craft or paper goods stores. Fill with this extra-special mix and tie with festive ribbons for a Valentine gift.  Be sure to always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.

We found this fun and easy recipe at BettyCrocker.com.

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