Strawberry Vanilla Jam

Author: Megan
Strawberry Vanilla Jam
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Ingredients

  • Approximately 4 pints strawberries , to make 4 cups crushed
  • 1 box pectin*
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pot with water and start heating to a boil. Separate jar lids, screw bands, and jars. Place lids gum-side up in a shallow bowl or plate and set aside.
  2. Measure exact amount of sugar into a large bowl and set aside. You need to add it all at once later on, so you don't want to fiddle with measuring later!
  3. Wash and hull strawberries, then in a large bowl crush one layer at a time using a potato masher. Don't get too crazy with the masher - you still want chunks. Pour berries, juice and all, into a 6-quart dutch oven or stockpot.
  4. At this point, put the empty jars into the pot of water to sterilize and heat up.
  5. Begin heating berries over medium-high heat, then stir in pectin. Continue heating until it reaches a rapid boil, then add sugar all at once, stirring to dissolve.
  6. Split the vanilla beans and scrap out as much caviar as possible into pot, then toss entire bean in too.
  7. Continue heating and stirring jam until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.
  8. Take some of the hot water and pour it over the lids in the shallow bowl, making sure they are completely covered. Using tongs, remove jars from pot and place on a towel-covered countertop.
  9. Carefully pour jam into jars, leaving about 1/2 inch headspace. Wipe edges clean and place lids on top, securing with screw bands. Gently lower jars into hot-water bath and process (let boil) for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove and set on toweled counter. Go do the dishes. At some point you should hear the jars "ping" - this means the seal was properly made and it's safe to leave in your cupboard. If a jar doesn't ping, you can either re-process or store the jar in the fridge. Properly processed jars should keep for a year, and jars in the fridge keep for about two weeks.

Recipe Notes

*If using low/no-sugar pectin, please follow the box directions for ingredients and sugar levels.

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