Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tasty Tuesday-- Strawberry Mint Jam

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A few years ago, my friend (and kind of family) Kathryn gave me this bottle of jam... to say it was like nothing I've ever tasted is an understatement. The jam was so fresh, so delicious and so refreshing.... like sweet summer in a little jar. I love, love, loved it and knew that I would be making it soon! Thankfully, she shared her recipe with me and now I'm sharing it with you! It's pretty easy despite having 10 steps! 

Here's the recipe she gave me 
(Taken from Canadian Living and adapted by me)

Strawberry Mint Jam 



6 cups (1.5 L)

Ingredients
            3/4 cups  brown sugar
            1 cup (packed fresh mint leaves
            8 cups (2 lbs) hulled Strawberries
            1 small pkg light pectin crystals (found at any grocery store)

Preparation
1-  
In small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the sugar, mint leaves and 1/4 cup (50 mL) water to boil.
2-    
Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.
3-    
Remove from heat; cover and let stand until cool, about 20 minutes.


4-    
In a large bowl, using a potato masher, crush hulled strawberries).
5-    
Strain sugar mixture into crushed berries. 


6- 
Mix 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the remaining sugar with pectin crystals; stir into strawberry mixture. Let stand for 30 minutes.
7-    
Stir in remaining sugar until dissolved, about 3 minutes. 


8-    
Pour into 1-cup (250 mL) airtight containers, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) headspace. Cover with lids.
9-    
Let stand undisturbed at room temperature until set, about 24 hours. 

Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to 1 year.


Kids can help break the leaves off the strawberries or use the potato masher to crush the strawberries. Beware however of little fingers dipping into the mixture at any given moment. 


You can use this on toast of course but Kathryn also gives her boys it as a treat with plain yogurt. It's also delicious with ice cream or sharp cheeses. The mint adds a little zing to it as well that makes it even more refreshing. I promise you, once you go freezer jam you never go back! Or at least not willingly anyways! 

Sidenote, is it just me, or does anyone else totally think of Scandal when anyone mentions making jam?

Linking up with Emily and Kate for 

And also handmade tuesdays with Kristen. 


Have a good one!!

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8 comments:

  1. Mmm! That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! I make a shortbread cookie that this will pair great with!

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  2. This sounds amazing! You've inspired me to join the link up :)

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  3. Thanks ladies.... i highly recommend it!! And it's so simple too!!

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  4. Yummy!! I love that it's fresh and not store bought!

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  5. This sounds delicious! What a refreshing recipe for summer.

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  6. Cassia looks cute helping her mom, recipe looks delicious with minimal ingredients and maximum outcome, will try it soon, maybe when you guys visit ny

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  7. Looks good! Mint strawberry sounds interesting!

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  8. YUM! This looks delish and perfect for summer :-D

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