first time I saw Florida strawberries growing in the field I was 18
years old. My jaw dropped. Not only had I never seen a commercial
strawberry operation, I'd never seen berries this big. Or tasted berries
this good. They put the berries in my little Missouri garden to shame.
that as it may, Missouri berries are tasting mighty fine this spring!
And, what else is there to do with all the extra but make strawberry
jam. Who doesn't like strawberry jam?!
This is so
simple and so yummy, you have absolutely no excuse NOT to make it. I
have a laundry list of allergies so I am always on the alert for recipes
that won't put me into the ER. My husband is my best source; he scours
the web for dairy free and glutin free recipes, then puts his own
special spin on it.
I am allergic to pectin so no
worries with this jam. I was reading an article about pectin and it
said unless you have a corn or apple allergy pectin won't bother you.
Well, I am allergic to BOTH corn AND apples so I need to take the cook
cook cook road. But, even with all that cooking, this jam is so easy
breezy. And, it's the way my grandma made jam, so I love it. I was
even tempted to pour the wax on top the way she did but didn't know how
that would fare in the freezer.
STRAWBERRY FREEZER JAM
4 cups strawberries cleaned, cut and squished
4 cups sugar (A professional jelly-maker friend of mine says NEVER use more sugar than berries)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
together and heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to roaring rolling
boil. Stir. Stir. Stir. If you have a candy thermometer boil until it
reaches 220 degrees or the soft ball stage.
Skim off the foam.
Pour into sterilized jars, seal with flat and screw
top. Cool 2 hrs in frig then pop into the freezer. We've already tried
ours on rice cakes, dairy-free ice cream and the best gluten-free
pancakes you'll ever taste.
This recipe made 7 pints of yummy jam.
FLASHBACK! Is our new feature of delving into the archives for posts that just beg to be shared more than once. And, since it's SUMMER Strawberry time, here ya go. Enjoy...:)
And, you know what this is GREAT on.....PANCAKES. I'm all about Mary Jane (my sourdough/Amish Friendship Bread). She make excellent pancakes... More about her in another post.
Combine in large bowl:
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda Combine in smaller bowl:
2 TBS oil 2 cups sour dough/Amish batter *
1/2 cup milk (plus/minus 1/4 cup)
1 egg Add ingredients of smaller bowl to ingredients
of large bowl and mix on medium speed.
Spoon batter onto greased griddle.