Strawberry rhubarb jam (and my new quilt)


It's been a little grey and cool for July lately, but I don't mind. A dark, breezy day feels like the perfect opportunity to do some canning so I've been making jam like a crazy lady. I've also been getting lots of chances to cuddle under the newest quilt to come off my sewing machine. I love cozy weather for cozy activities!

This strawberry rhubarb jam is deliciously sweet and tart, not too thick or too thin, and just gorgeous on buttered toast. I've preserved it in small jars so I have plenty to give away as thank yous and just becauses. It's also nice on muffins when friends come to visit. Just don't spill any on my lovely quilt, m'kay?


To prepare:
  • Start with clean jars free of chips or cracks.
  • The sealing discs should be left in hot water until ready for use. 
Here's how to make it:
makes seven 250 mL (1 cup) jars

1 ½ lb (675 g) strawberries
1 lb (450 g) rhubarb
1 package (57 g) regular pectin crystals
6 cups (1.5 L) granulated white sugar

Rinse the strawberries under cool running water. Trim off and discard the stems and leaves. Chop into chunks. Crush the berries with a masher in a large heavy-bottomed pot (you should have 2 ½ cups of crushed strawberries). Rinse the rhubarb under cool running water. Trim off and discard ends. Chop rhubarb into ½-inch (1 cm) pieces and add them to the pot. Stir in the pectin crystals. Bring to a bubble over high heat, stirring frequently. Stir in the sugar. Warm over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, then increase the heat to high and bring the jam to a hard boil. Maintain a full boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and ladle into clean jars leaving a ¼-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims. Screw on lids. Process in a boiling water bath canner for 15 minutes


Here's a question for the canners - WHY do you can? For the cost savings? Family tradition? Out of necessity? Leave a comment and tell me what it is about canning that you love!

14 comments:

  1. I've never tried canning, but I LOVE Strawberry and Rhubarb together. I'll totally have to look into this!!

    And your quilt is lovely! Do you happen to have a tutorial? I want to make a baby quilt for our little one on the way in January :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    http://mommys-love.blogspot.com

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    1. I don't have a tutorial, but I'd be happy to answer any questions you have. I used a charm pack for the square fabric, then put on a 1-inch (finished) border around each square. My rows were then formed using a 2-inch (finished) strip of grey between each framed square, and then all my rows were sewn with a 2-inch strip of grey between the rows. Any other info you need, just ask!

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  2. beautiful jam. Every year for the last 3 or so years I've made strawberry jam. I do it so I know what's in the food we eat. and we eat a LOT of pb&j sandwiches. every year I hope and pray that I made enough to get us to the next strawberry season! I doubt there's much cost savings, but I enjoy it too much to do the math.

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    1. I have never really done the math either. Maybe because I'm afraid I'll find out I'm not actually saving much? Ha! But, like you, I'd do it anyway.

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  3. I enjoy canning because I can create special blends that aren't commonly found in regular supermakets (roasted red pepper spread, blueberry lime jam, pear port compote). I also like capturing fruit and veggies at their peak and then cracking open a jar in the middle of the winter. I think jams and spreads make nice gifts, especially when wrapped up well. Plus, I feel a sense of accomplishment when I turn fresh produce into a shelf-stable food.

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    1. Wow, those blends sound scrumptious, especially blueberry lime - delish! How do you like to wrap up your jars to give as gifts? I need ideas because I'm giving them more and more often and I usually just give it to them as is, which isn't very special, obviously. My preserves are naked! Help me!

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  4. love the quilt! it's gorgeous!!! also that jam sounds the yummiest. xoxoxox

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  5. I adore the quilt! I have quilt envy. I really want to figure out how to quilt eventually. Did you teach yourself or did you take a course? A book? I think I need a quilt by numbers....

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    1. I learned how to make a quilted pot holder from a substitute teacher as a kid. I made a few small quilted projects over the years, but it wasn't until about two years ago that I started making larger quilts. I think there are classes here and there, but you could really learn quite a bit from library books and YouTube!

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  6. I love the quilt = ) I am so useless with those kind of things. But i hope you have a great day.

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  7. Strawberry rhubarb is my favourite flavour combination! I am terrified of canning (bad experience with a pressure cooker). I just told Trev I'm taking your canning class on the 18th. Help me get over my fear!

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  8. You have created a gorgeous blog . . . it is totally captivating. I will be back. Right now I'm having a little problem, when I follow a blog, I have lost my thumbprint, now I get a blue silhouette . . . maybe you know the answer. I would love to follow your blog, but hate following without a thumbprint. Trying to figure out how to fix it. Have a great day. I Love your site. Come on over my welcome matt is always out. Connie :)

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    1. Hi Connie - Thanks for commenting and complimenting! Hmmm... I'm not sure why you've lost your thumbprint. Are you logged into your blogging platform? Sometimes if I'm logged out of mine that happens. I hope you figure it out! I'll be visiting your blogs!

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  9. You've got some mad quilt skills!
    I have high hopes of making some of that delicious jam.. I'll probably have to get a babysitter first.

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