5.20.2015

Strawberry Balsamic Jam



  Balsamic Strawberry Jam what a treat. I do always want to find new way's to kick our jams up just a bit. Adding Balsamic Vinegar to your already delicious Strawberry Jam is the trick. The sweet of the strawberries and the tiny bite of the rich and beautiful balsamic is so delightful on the palate.






This recipe will yield approximately 6 to 7 half pint jars


Ingredients

7 cups of strawberries
1 cup balsamic vinegar (reduced to 3/4 cup) 
Juice from one lemon
4 cups of sugars
1 box powder pectin if you use it






Clean and cut your strawberries and place them into a non-reactive stainless steel pot. Prior to cooking your strawberries get the balsamic vinegar going. Take the cup of vinegar and put it into a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until it has reduced to 3/4 cup. This will give it a richer flavor. Bring the strawberries to a slow simmer while crushing them.





I use my smasher tool and the only picture I could find was when I was making Blueberry Peach Jam . By crushing them this will bring out the juice you need to keep from scorching them. 

This tool makes sure I do not over crush my fruit. I love nothing better than to bite into my jam and taste and feel the fruit!












Once you have your strawberries to the consistency you like add the lemon juice and balsamic vinegar to the strawberries. Bring this up to a rolling boil.







If you are adding pectin this is the time to add it and continue to stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Now add your sugar and bring the mixture back up to a rolling boil.

 Just a beautiful color !



Once you have reached your gel point 220 turn off the heat and let the jam sit for 5 minutes. I do this with all my berry jams it help to get the fruit to evenly distribute once they are bathed. If your fruit floats there could be a few reasons. 








Ladle the jam into the jars leaving a 1/4 inch of head space. Wipe the rims. Cap and water bath process for 15 minutes.










This jam was fantastic and so good with some good cheese and crackers!







Disclaimer: This is not an all inclusive recipe for making jam. You should have a basic knowledge and understanding of the canning process before proceeding. Please consult your local Center for Home Preservation for additional information and available classes.



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