I made a batch of strawberry jam, using this recipe by Pioneer Woman.
Its a two-part directions, so you'll have to click for part two once you've completed the first steps. Pioneer Woman is great! She does things simply and does them right. The only thing I do different is, I slosh in some vinegar just before sitting the filled jars in to boil. Doing this keeps the jars from getting a chalky residue from hard water, so I don't have to wipe the jars off afterwards. I came out with six one-pint jars.
Because I like variety when I'm cooking a large batch of anything, I broke things up with this recipe for Strawberry-Banana Jam. We had bananas with spots and tons of strawberries, so why not give it a go? This recipe produced 7 & 1/2 eight ounce (half-pint) jars. Mark said it smells wonderful, but I have a cold and sadly, cannot taste nor smell any of these recipes. I smeared some on buttered bread, but could have been eating pond scum and wouldn't realize it. Ugh. I hate having a cold!
More strawberries. I'll make a repeat of the original plain Strawberry Jam recipe by Pioneer Woman. I made this before and I KNOW it's wonderful. Better have a lot, my friends tried my last years' batch and want more. I think I can make two more batches with the strawberries (and jars) I have remaining.
There is nothing more satisfying than the pop-pop-pop of lids as they seal!
MUST BE JELLY, CUZ JAM DON'T SHAKE LIKE THAT!
I made jam, not jelly, but isn't that a funny thing to say?