Learn how to make and can your own Sure Jell strawberry jam - it's fun to do and a delicious treat to share with family and friends.
On the top of our list is strawberry jam made with Sure Jell. Sure Jell strawberry jam is a great way to use up those strawberries during strawberry season.
Depending on where you live strawberry season can run anywhere from January to July. Lots of opportunity to make delicious homemade jam!
What is Sure Jell?
You may be wondering what Sure Jell actually is, especially if you are new to the world of canning.
Sure Jell is a type of classic pectin that helps give your jam the right consistency.
Pectin is a naturally occurring substance that is found within the cell walls of fruit, usually apples and citrus peels.
The pectin is extracted from the plants, dried and ground into a fine powder.
Being a classic pectin, Sure Jell requires a lot of sugar to ensure it gels properly.
You can use a hot water bath to help you with canning. If you plan to do so, sterilize the jars and lids in simmering water for about 10 minutes while you are making the jam.
Once the jars are sterilized and the jam is made, ladle the hot jam into the jars, leaving about 1/4 inch at the top.
Wipe away any jam that may be on the rim of the jar.
Place a lid on the jar and a screw ring, but do take care, as it will be very hot.
Use jar tongs to lower the jars into simmering water and ensure they are covered by about 1-2 inches of water. Simmer for 10 minutes and remove from the water.
Let them cool completely and listen for the lids to ‘ping’, which means the lids have set.
Check the seals by pressing the center of the lid, if there is no springing back it means the jar is sealed and can be stored in a dark, cool and dry place for up to a year.
If the jars are not sealed and they do spring back when pressed, refrigerate the jam and use within three weeks.