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A delicious take on the classic strawberry jam.
Combine strawberries and Pom juice in a large stock pot and mash the berries roughly with a potato masher.
Cook the mixture on medium heat, covered, for about 10 minutes, being sure to stir frequently.
Add in the sugar, salt, and lemon juice. Attach a thermometer to the pot and continue to heat, uncovered and stirring every few minutes, until temperature hits 220ºF, being sure to skim off any excess foam from the top of the jam as it forms. (This step can take some time. It took about 45 minutes for me to reach the adequate temperature.)
Note: You can also test the consistency of your jam by keeping a spoon next to you in a glass of ice water. To test, pour a small amount of the cooking jam onto the chilled spoon and allow it a minute or two to cool. If the consistency is what you expect it to be, you’re good to go. If not, keep it over the fire a bit longer.
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
Store jam in the fridge or can in a hot water bath using sterilized containers.
The basil, balsamic vinegar and black pepper really elevate the strawberries in this recipe. This can be used in sweet or savory applications.
If you are lucky enough to live where the cherries are aplenty I advise you to print out this Sweet Cherry Vanilla Jam recipe and tape it somewhere that you will not forget about it when the cherries come into season! Or you can use frozen cherries like I did.
This recipe was made using the new Ball Jam & Jelly Maker but you can make it the traditional way also.
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!