This recipe makes enough for two 22oz jars of strawberry preserves: one for the fridge, and one for the freezer. And yes, it sets up beautifully - as in it's spreadable, and won't be mistaken for strawberry jello... This jam is indeed pectin free, in that pectin is not an ingredient. But, pectin is naturally found in the white/greens of strawberries and in the rinds of lemon! True story. Strawberries really do make up the bulk of this recipe, not sugar. These preserves have just the right amount of sweetness AND tartness, just like the strawberries they're made from. Using just three simple ingredients, it's preserved perfection!
Adapted from Cincinnati Locavore
- 1 four pound flat of strawberries (make sure to get some with green/white tips)
- 2 lemons
- 2 c. white granulated sugar, unbleached
- Wash, hull and roughly mash strawberries.
- Add sugar and allow to sit for a bit, letting it macerate in its juices.
- Pour into non-aluminum stock pot (high sides helps with the splattering) and bring to a rolling boil for five minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and strain the strawberries bits from the liquid, making sure to collect all available syrup.
- Return syrup to pot and add lemon juice AND lemon peels. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for a few minutes, until syrup thinckens further. If you have a candy thermometer, temperature should read close to 220 degrees. Be careful not to burn!
- Return strawberries to pot and bring contents to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and discard lemon peels; allow to cool. Pour into jars suitable for storing in the fridge or freezer.
I love this freezer jam so VERY much! And every time we have it, I think, "Dang, I have GOT to share this, with the WHOLE world!" It's taken me forever to post it, and for that I apologize profusely, as strawberries are no longer in season (in most places). But, I had to write it down before I forgot... And luckily, the hub manages produce at Costco, so we always get the best strawberries at the best price. Even in the Fall! I guess AZ has its perks after all. *B