What do you do when strawberry season starts to slip away? You stockpile those succulent fruits and make enough freezer-friendly jam to last you until next year!
Homemade Strawberry Jam
- Pomona Universal Pectin (includes powdered pectin and powdered calcium)
- 4 cups fresh, ripe strawberries
- ¼ cup Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Sugar
Before starting your jam, make calcium water by combining ½ teaspoon white calcium powder (included with Pomona Pectin) and ½ cup water in a clear glass jar. Set aside and be sure to refrigerate the unused portion.
- Wash and prepare 4 cups of berries by removing the tops – I like to leave as much as possible, including the stems!
- Place strawberries in a heavy bottomed pot and add a small amount of water. Cook on medium heat and mash as you go. (Tip: A potato masher works well for this.)
- Add 2 teaspoons of calcium water to the pot and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, combine ¼ cup organic sugar and 2 teaspoons of pectin powder and mix well. (Note: the official Pomona recipe calls for more sugar, but I find that with fresh, ripe fruit, less is needed!)
- Bring your fruit to a boil, then add the pectin/sugar mixture and stir vigorously for several minutes until dissolved.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool before placing in clean, freezer-safe containers. (Of course, be sure to save a few spoonfuls so you can enjoy it immediately!)
Dana Zucker is the wife of Vitacost Chief Marketing Officer David Zucker, a mom of teenage twins, and an avid cook.