Thursday, April 29, 2010

jam & mail

tonight i made my very first ever batch of homemade jam. i found the recipe online, and it was really easy to make, so i thought i should share it here. at first i cringed when i realized it called for equal parts strawberries and sugar. yikes! but then i saw others that called for 5 - 7 cups of sugar, so i figured this one was best. i guess a little sugar never hurt anyone, haha. plus i use organic sugar, i love the idea of it being made from the freshest of berries, picked by us, and also that there is no high fructose corn syrup involved (i try to avoid that stuff as much as i can).

Homemade Strawberry Jam


1 quart ripe mashed strawberries
4 cups sugar, (do not reduce the sugar)
3/4 cup water
1 box fruit pectin, available at your grocers
Plastic storage containers

Measure 2 cups mashed strawberries into a large bowl. Stir in sugar and let stand for 10 minutes.

In a small saucepan, bring water and pectin to a boil, stirring constantly. Let the mixture boil for one minute while continuing to stir.

Combine fruit mixture with pectin mixture. Stir until all sugar is dissolved (about 3 minutes). Add the remaining strawberries to this mixture.

Fill the plastic containers to within 1/2 inch from the top. Cover with lids and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours.

Refrigerate up to 3 weeks. This jam can be frozen for up to one year.

(my mother recommended the new
ball plastic freezer jars and they are great! thanks mom)

it actually made more jam than i thought it would. these jars are 16 oz. each, and it filled 3 and a half of them. so i will freeze a couple and eat the rest now. yum!

in other unrelated news, i wanted to share some things we received in the mail this week. three awesome packages came three days in a row, and it was so exciting opening them up! i love getting surprise mail.

the first box was from, and i was a little confused since i haven't ordered anything from there in a while. in it was this beautiful huge blue serving bowl (it is much bigger than the photo makes it seem). the invoice inside had my sisters name on it. when i told her it had arrived, she said there would be a second package arriving to go along with it, and that they were belated birthday gifts. so on tuesday i was delighted to get another one, and in it was this amazing bird tray with matching napkins. i had seen the tray at ikea when we were in utah, and i told her i really liked it, but that i thought it would be hard to get home in one piece on the plane (it is 13" x 13"). it was really nice that she remembered. i love it all, and cant wait to use them. should i wait for a special occasion? hmmm.

and today danny received this giant box stuffed full of vegan treats from our friend kelly green. in case you don't know her, she owns an amazing all vegan bakery in salt lake city. danny screen printed some totes for her last month, and instead of taking a cash payment, he requested that she pay him in goodies, haha. and wow, did she deliver! i just took this photo this evening, so there are about 5 dillos not pictured, that we already ate! holy crap! thanks so much kelly! :)


  1. that jam looks awesome..what a good idea for all of those berries!

    and yum on the treats!

  2. I love making homemade jam- nice job! It looks great and I am sure it tastes great too! I need to get on the ball and get mine made soon!