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How to Can Strawberry Lemonade Jam

I have tried a lot of different jam recipes in the past couple of years. So far the all-time favorite has been apple pie jam. However, I have to say that this strawberry lemonade jam may be a new favorite. It is basically just strawberry jam with extra lemon juice added. It is really good, and very easy to make.

The original recipe calls for fresh lemon juice, but I used concentrated lemon juice and it turned out great, so you can use either one. This recipe makes approximately 3 pint jars or 6 half pints.

For this recipe, you will need:

4 c. crushed strawberries
1 c. lemon juice
2 tbsp. lemon zest (optional)
7 c. sugar
1 box powdered pectin

Wash and sterilize your jars, lids, and screw bands. The easiest way to do this is run them through the sanitize cycle in the dishwasher and remove them from the dishwasher to use when they are still hot. Place your boiling water canner on the stove to start heating up while you get the fruit ready for the jars.

strawberry lemonade jam

To prepare the fruit, crush the strawberries with a potato masher. You need 4 cups of crushed strawberries for this recipe.

Put the strawberries, lemon juice, and lemon zest together in a large sauce pan. Stir in the pectin. Bring to a rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Stir in sugar. Add 1 tsp. margarine or butter to reduce foaming, if desired.

Bring to a full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat. Boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with a metal spoon.

Quickly ladle fruit into prepared canning jars, within 1/8 inch from the tops of the jars. Wipe the rims of the jars with a damp cloth. Place canning lids and screw bands on the jars.

Place jars on elevated rack in boiling water canner. Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Cover, and bring water to a gentle boil. Process jars for 10 minutes.

Remove jars from canner and place upright on a towel on the kitchen counter to cool completely. Do not disturb the jars for at least 12 hours. After jars are cool, check seals by pressing middle of lid with finger. If lid springs back the lid is not sealed. Unsealed jars can be placed in refrigerator to be eaten in the next couple weeks. Sealed jars can be stored for at least 1 year. Enjoy!

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