In our family, jam is more than just a sweet topping for your toast. It's a little jar of spring sunshine – preserved for the whole year. It's memory and taste and love.

Jay's Grandma Mary made jars and jars of jam every year – strawberry, raspberry, boysenberry (after her trips to Oregon). You always knew to take a few jars from the freezer when you ran out.
Knowing how my husband loved Grandma's jam, I asked her to teach me and she scoffed – “It's just the Sure-Jell recipe that comes in the box, read it yourself!”

Grandma was straight like that and that's why we loved her.

When she passed away last October, I knew that this would be the year that I got serious about jam. I bought a few boxes of Sure-Jell and waited for the first strawberries.

They appeared last weekend and I got to work.
YIP 9 Strawberry bath
Washing

Clean Strawberries
Topping

Crush it!
Mashing

Add sugar
Adding the sugar (4 cups)

Pour it on!
And pouring.

Quilty jars of jammy goodness
I'm particularly smitten with the jewel-y pink in the quilted jars – so beautiful!

The jam turned out perfectly, just like Grandma's!

PS. Really, if you want to make it, get a box of Sure-Jell and read it yourself (it's the freezer recipe)!

0 comment on Making Jam

  1. ruthee
    May 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm (11 years ago)

    Ah! You have inspired me to make some jammy goodness. Homemade jam elevates a PB&J to a whole new level!

  2. Mike
    May 27, 2009 at 6:55 pm (11 years ago)

    I LOVE homemade jam. My mom always makes blackberry jam WITH the seeds – just how I like it.

    Get a box of Sure-Jell and read it yourself!

    That's exactly what we do ^_^ I love how there is always jam in my parents ice-chest-freezer. I'll steal a few jars every few months.

  3. Naomi Dunford
    May 27, 2009 at 7:29 pm (11 years ago)

    You are too cool for school, sweetness.

  4. Keli
    June 19, 2009 at 1:24 am (11 years ago)

    Do you have to sterilize the jars? How did you do it?

  5. blondechicken
    June 19, 2009 at 8:42 am (11 years ago)

    The directions on the box say to “wash thoroughly”, so I put them through the dishwasher and then plopped them into a big pot of boiling water (with their lids). I removed them, let them cool a bit and poured the jam in!

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  6. blondechicken
    June 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm (11 years ago)

    The directions on the box say to “wash thoroughly”, so I put them through the dishwasher and then plopped them into a big pot of boiling water (with their lids). I removed them, let them cool a bit and poured the jam in!

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