I love the taste of freshly made Strawberry Jam. It really kicks off the summer for me. Load it on a freshly baked biscuit and that is good old comfort food. This is the real deal and super simple to make with just 4 ingredients!
This recipe is super easy even if you have never made jam before. Start by washing the berries the night before, that way they are dry and free of excess water. When you are ready to make the jam, discard the stems, and gather all of you equipment and ingredients.
Homemade Strawberry Jam
5 3/4 Cups crushed berries ( I used a potato masher in a bowl by hand)
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
1 packet of Powdered Pectin
8 1/2 Cups Sugar
In a large stock pot, toss in the berries and lemon juice and stir well over low heat until everything is well mixed. Perhaps just 1 minute. Stir in the Pectin and bring mixture to a full rolling boil over high heat. Stir occasionally and be careful. Now add all of the sugar quickly and return to the rolling boil and boil for 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Fill prepared canning jars and process in a water bath. Please read up on how to do this for your elevation, there are many helpful websites. This makes around 5 pint jars. Don’t worry if this is your first time making jam and it does not set. Label it as pancake syrup and it will be gobbled up!
Easy Drop Biscuits
This simple recipe will give you buttery-fluffy biscuits in just 20 minutes! They go great with butter and jam or as a side for nearly any meal!
2 Cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Melted Butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together.
In the bottom of that same bowl, make a well in the center of the dry flour mixture, add the milk and butter into the well. Mix all of it together gently with a wooden spoon until just barely mixed. Dough should be sticky. Do not over mix, this will engage the flour too much and make the biscuits tough. So gentle is the key.
Drop by 1/4 Cups or an ice cream scoop onto a lightly sprayed pan 1″ apart. In a small bowl, beat the egg with a tablespoon of water and brush on top of the biscuits before baking.
I had so many eggs from my girls and had made several small jars of jam. So we decided to bring a jar, a couple eggs, and a simple pancake recipe around to the neighbors. These made great little gifts!
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