When I was a kid, I remember my Mom and my Aunt making jams and preserves. As an adult, life got in the way and I always said I was too busy to make homemade jams. In the last 7 or 8 years, I have gotten into making a plethora of jams and preserves. You name it, every fruit imaginable. This Strawberry Jam is a family favorite!
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Since I resumed making my own jams, I absolutely can not eat store bought! It is pure sugar! This Low Sugar Strawberry Jam literally tastes like a bit spring, anytime of the year! Just like biting into a fresh, juicy strawberry in June!
Making jam has a bad reputation, as far as the difficulty of the process. With a few specialized tools, Jam making can fun and easy. This set of canning tools is cheap and saves so much time and so many burns! Which, of course, is key!
The only other tool you need is a canning pot, which is cheap, as well.
One great trick that I have found is that you don’t have to make all of the jams in the summer when it is hot and humid!
Just freeze the fresh fruit as soon as you can after picking! Lay them out on a cookie sheet and freeze. Once they are frozen, you can pop them in a freezer bag and freeze. That way the fruit won’t all stick together and you can take out as much as you like, any time of year! I make a new batch of jam when we run out in the fall and winter, and then use up any frozen fruit that I have left in the freezer before the new batch of fruit the next year. That way we always have fresh jam, all year long!
This jam can easily be made with no sugar to make it diabetic friendly! Use a sugar substitute or simply use just fruit!
I hope you enjoyed the recipe for Low Sugar Strawberry Jam today! Give it a try! it’s not as hard as you think! Here is the first post I ever did on BCC which will show you the method (Excuse the pics, I was a newb!) Do you make your own jams and preserves? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and have fun cooking!
This Low Sugar Strawberry Jam tastes like biting into a fresh strawberry all year long.
- 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped into pieces
- 1/3 cup fruit juice or water
- 3 tsp bottled lemon juice
- 1.5 Tbsp Ball RealFruit™ Low or No-Sugar Pectin
- 0- 1/2 cup sugar, sugar substitute, honey
Prepare waterbath canner. Wash jars ad lids thoroughly in hot, soapy water and rinse well. Add jars to to canner and cover with water 1 inch above the jars. Boil jars for 10 minutes. Let jars sit in hot water until ready to use.
Pour boiling water over lids and let sit in hot water until ready for use.
Combine the fruit, juice or water and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil (one that can't be stirred down.), stirring constantly.
Add sugar, if using. Return mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam, if necessary.
Ladle hot jam into hot jars. Cool to room temperature, if not canning. Then refrigerate immediately.
If preserving, ladle hot jam into the hot jars, leaving 1/4" headspace. Wipe rims clean with paper towel.. Center lids on jars. Apply bands and adjust to fingertip tight.
Place filled jars in canner ensuring jars are covered by over 1" water. Bring to a gentle, steady boil.
Process jars for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat. Let jars rest in hot water for 5 minutes.
Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down in the center, when pressed. Store jars in a cool place.