Summer time means that it’s time to put the
slaves children to work in the name of “summer fun.” Don’t let my kids fool you, they actually love helping me make this homemade strawberry jam every year. The cool thing this year is that we were able to find an awesome natural u-pick strawberry farm here in Minnesota called the Minnesota Fresh Farm that made the experience even more fun this summer.
The cool thing about U-pick farms is that it’s a lot cheaper to get your berries because you are doing all of the labor. (Shhh, don’t tell the kids it’s work. They thought it was a fun field trip) We had big aspirations when we first got to the farm thinking we would be bad butts and pick two flats of berries. We quickly realized it would’ve taken all of us about 2 hours to pick that many berries so we quickly changed our minds and were ok with one flat of natural berries (no pesticides on these bad boys).
From a full flat of berries, we ended up getting 10-11 jars of homemade strawberry jam AND 5 pounds of frozen berries. This made mama very happy. We only paid a whopping $20 for that flat. I mean, have you SEEN the prices in grocery stores? I checked. Organically labelled strawberries are $3.50 for seven ounces or about $8/pound. My frozen berries alone would’ve cost me $40 in the store.
The cool thing about this farm is that it is that they don’t use any pesticides. I assume they haven’t gotten through all the paperwork you have to pay to be called “organic” but I spent a lot of time talking to the farmers and it was super neat to learn about how their farm had been in the family for over 80 years. Plus, they really want to build a community around the food they sell. We’re really excited to be heading back to volunteer to weed the garden and then later for U Pick raspberries. (Bayla’s really excited about all the fruit leathers she is going to see in her future)
We had a blast picking berries and spending time as a family. Then we headed back home to clean and hull strawberries to put half of them in the freezer and leave the rest for the jam. I warn you this isn’t a low sugar strawberry jam recipe. It’s got tons of sugar, but that’s what makes it so lickably good. Next year, we are going to try and whip up a recipe that’s more of a spreadable fruit spread so we can not make it so sweet. Until then you just have to “suffer” with this yumminess.Print
Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe That Will Leave You Licking the Spoon
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Yield: 10 Jars
- 5 Cups Cleaned and Hulled Strawberries Crushed
- 7 Cups of Real Cane Sugar
- 1 – 1 1/2 Boxes of Fruit Pectin (1.75 oz Boxes)
- 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
- When you get your strawberries, the first thing you need to do is rinse the dirt off and hull them.
- Cut the strawberries up in smaller pieces, and then use a potato masher to crush the strawberries.
- In a large stock pot place the strawberries, and mix in lemon juice.
- Over medium heat, gradually add pectin.
- Once the pectin is all mixed in, turn up to high and bring to a rolling boil stirring constantly.
- Add sugar, and stir constantly. Let it hard boil for a minute.
- To test that the jelly will set, take a spoon dip it into the jam and then set it in a glass of ice water. Jelly should stick to spoon. If it doesn’t, gradually add a little bit more pectin.
- Remove from heat, and then fill leaving about 1 inch from top of jar.
- Place lid on jar, and place in water bath to preserve.
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