I am about 12 hours into a 3 day ‘family free’ weekend! Due to a family situation on my hubby’s side, he took our 4 kids back to Timmins for the whole weekend. I am pet sitting (yahoo!) and relaxing. I’m also getting caught up on projects, filling Etsy orders, writing down ideas that are allowed to surface thanks to the quietness of the house and I’m making jam.
Every year at this time I get the urge to put things in jars. I presume it’s the generations of women that have come before me prompting me – my familial kitchen witches – but, either way, it always results in jams, chunky apple sauce and other yummy, homemade edibles.
Today I made no-cook strawberry jam. I had planned to make the stove top kind but when I went to hull the strawberries, I discovered that the kids had got into my stash and there were only enough left to make this version. On the bright side, it took about 20 minutes total to end up with 3 mason jars full of sticky, sugary strawberry jam!
No-Cook Strawberry Jam – from the inner packaging of the CERTO crystals
2 cups of hulled, cleaned and crushed strawberries (I ran mine through my food processor)
4 cups of white sugar
1 box of CERTO Pectin Crystals
In a large bowl stir together the strawberries and the sugar. Let this mixture sit for 10 minutes while you prepare the crystals.
Combine 3/4 cups of water and the crystals in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir this syrup into the fruit and sugar mixture.
Stir all ingredients for 3 minutes. Pour into your clean mason jars (I got 3-500 ml jars) leaving about 1/4 inch at the top. Cover loosely with lids and let set for 24 hours.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I know I will.