As I so often do, I ended up going a little overboard with the canning this weekend. This month's can jam is everything berries, and I'm thinking I should pick just one of the following recipes for my entry... it's so hard to decide, though! They all turned out wonderfully, but I think that the "oven-roasted strawberry jam with rosemary" is my favorite.
Two weeks ago, we went to our usual Sunday market, sampled strawberries from all the organic vendors, and found only one place with truly flavorful ones. (It's been so wet here that the berries are a little watery, I think.) Typically, they were also the most expensive strawberries at the market. I asked if they had any seconds, and it turns out that they bring all their seconds to the Saturday market and sell them by the bucket. With no idea what size that bucket was, we tentatively decided to go to the Saturday market the following weekend.
Here is what we ended up with on Saturday:
It wasn't labeled (other than with price - it was $20), and I neglected to weigh it or otherwise figure out precisely how much was in that big bucket. It took us about 3 hours to hull and quarter all the berries, enough to make 20 half-pint jars of jam, plus however many berries we ended up eating as we worked.
We spontaneously decided to break in our new pasta maker, so partway through the hulling process, Aaron came over and he and Victor made linguine:
(why didn't we cover the chairs? no idea)
Meanwhile, I divided the strawberries for different recipes and let them macerate. We ended up with:
- 5 x 8 oz jars Vanilla Strawberry Jam (I followed his recipe except that I added 1 split vanilla bean and its seeds during the maceration step)
- 2 x 8 oz jars Key-Lime Strawberry Jam (this recipe, but replacing the lemon juice with key-lime juice)
- 5 x 8 oz jars Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam (recipe follows)
- 4 x 8 oz jars Strawberry Preserves with Balsamic Vinegar and Black Pepper
- 4 x 8 oz jars Oven-Roasted Strawberry Jam with Rosemary (recipe follows)
Lazy Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam
adapted from Saving the Season
My adaptations mostly had to do with forgetting to keep the rhubarb and strawberries separated during the maceration (hence the "lazy" in the recipe title).
Toss prepared rhubarb and strawberries with sugar, zest, and juice. Allow to macerate at least an hour (mine sat for maybe 5 hours - overnight would be fine, too).
- 1 lb rhubarb, sliced
- 1.5 lb strawberries, hulled and quartered lenthwise
- 2 C sugar (if using Pomona's Pectin, mix with 2 tsp pectin powder)
- zest of half a lemon
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- optional: 2 Tbsp Kirschwasser
- optional: 2 tsp calcium water (only if you're using Pomona's Pectin - if you are, this comes with the pectin powder)
In a large sauce pan, cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring to prevent scorching. If you want a little fruity kick, add the Kirschwasser, too. (If you're using Pomona's Pectin, add the calcium water early in the cooking process.) During the last 2-3 minutes of cooking, stir with a whisk to break up the fruit into a sauce, if desired.
Ladle into hot prepared jars, seal, and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.yield: 5 8-oz jars
Oven-Roasted Strawberry Jam with Rosemary
adapted from Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving
Combine berries and sugar and allow to macerate, two hours (up to a day or so). Stir to mix in the sugar occasionally.
- 8 C strawberries, hulled and quartered lengthwise
- 4 C sugar
- 1/4 C lemon juice
- 4 sprigs clean fresh rosemary
In a large saucepan, add lemon juice and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat a simmer, and continue cooking for 10 minutes.
Pour into two 13" x 9" pans, add two sprigs rosemary to each pan, and bake in a warm oven for 10-12 hours. (The directions say to use a 150F oven - the lowest my oven will do is 170F, so that's what I used. It worked fine. If using a convection oven, apparently the process only takes 2-4 hours.) Stir occasionally. Keep baking until the mixture has thickened and will form a gel.
Ladle into hot jars, seal, and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.yield: 4 8-oz jars