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Nana made her jam without pectin. Her reasoning was that strawberries have their own pectin and why fool with nature?
She also chose to use strawberries that were a bit under ripe as she said it always made the best jam! She is right!
1. Put a small plate in the freezer.
2. Place strawberries in a large stockpot set over medium to high heat on stove.
3. Using a wooden spoon, mix 1/4 cup sugar into the berries.
4. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until strawberries are juicy. This will take approximately 5 to 6 minutes.
5. Stir in 1/3 of the remaining sugar until dissolved.
6. Then repeat until all of the sugar has been added and dissolved. This will take approximately 7 minutes total.
7. Bring mixture to a full boil. Cook, stirring occasionally for approximately 10 minutes.
8. Continue boiling and use a stainless-steel spoon to remove foam from surface.
9. Boil until most of the liquid is absorbed, the mixture thickens, and temperature registers 220 F on a candy thermometer, approximately 30 minutes.
Mama Deb’s tip to perform a gel test: Place a spoonful of jam on the chilled plate that you had in the freezer then quickly return it to the freezer. Wait 1 to 2 minutes. Remove plate from freezer, and gently press jam with a fingertip. It should wrinkle slightly. Once the jam passes the gel test, remove from heat. If it doesn’t, then cook it a bit longer and try the test again.
10. Pour warm jam into jars (or any airtight containers), seal them, label them and refrigerate up to 4 months. Enjoy!
A sweet, spicy, nutty pumpkin butter that will warm your blood on chilly autumn days.
Sparkling jars of brilliant red are lovely to behold, but it’s the taste—sweet and tangy while packing a bit of heat—that make this jam simply outstanding. This jam is best made using a combination of mild and hot peppers. I used Anaheim, poblano and jalapeño peppers, but you can use bell peppers or whatever is available locally.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!