For a very basic and simple strawberry jam recipe, I used 2 lbs of strawberries and 2 cups of sugar.
Wash, hull, cut and dice, and/or mash the berries. The berries and sugar was brought to a roiling boil in my large enameled pot while stirring constantly to prevent the mixture from sticking//burning. I turned down the heat and let the mixture simmer for about an hour.
Forget simple and let's jazz it up some by adding a handful of cherries that are also in season. I also added a bit of lemon for added pectin and I added a few full leaves of minced sweet basil from my herb garden.
Just before I removed the pot from the heat, I added a little bit of Southern Comfort to the jam. Hmm! Pretty good jam!
This time, I poured the jam into a large bowl and covered with a lid. I let it cool down and sit on the drainboard for several hours to let the strawberries/fruit soak up the juice. I got this idea from the PBS program, The Farmer and The Chef with Vivian Howard whose mother made strawberry jam this way and it made sense to me.
Finally, I ladled the jam into a couple of jars and sealed them with hot wax.
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