Showing the Love with Strawberries
At the Ottawa 4 You Real Estate Team, we are eternally grateful for our clients. Every few months, we show our appreciation with a client event. This summer, we’ve decided to entertain our current and past clients (and our biggest sources of referrals) with something a little different – a Summertime Strawberry Soiree!
Next week, we’re hosting the get-together at a strawberry picking patch. We’re offering each family a free basket of strawberries, and we’ll have a face painter ready to transform our littlest clients. We can’t wait to see all our clients having a blast as they pick strawberries!
In honour of our Summertime Strawberry Soiree, we wanted to share our favourite recipe for low-sugar strawberry jam, courtesy allrecipes.com:
- 1 1/3 cupscrushed strawberries (wash, hull, then crush one layer at a time using potato masher)
- 1/3 cupunsweetened fruit juice, thawed fruit juice concentrate, or water
- 1 1/2 tablespoonsBall® RealFruit™ Low or No-Sugar Needed Pectin
- 1/2 cupgranulated sugar, sugar substitute, or honey (or less, depending on taste)
- 2Ball® or Kerr® Half-pint (8 oz) Jars with lids and bands
- Prepare waterbath canner, jars and lids according to manufacturer’s instructions, if preserving. Prepare and measure ingredients for recipe.
- Combine prepared fruit with fruit juice in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in Ball® RealFruit™ Low or No-Sugar Needed Pectin
- Add sugar, sugar substitute or honey, if using. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary.
- Ladle hot jam into hot jars, one at a time, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars. Apply bands and adjust to fingertip tight.
- Place filled jars in canner ensuring jars are covered by 1 to 2 inches of water. Place lid on canner. Bring water to gentle, steady boil.
- Process jars for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude*. Turn off heat, remove lid and let jars stand for 5 minutes.
- Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed. Clean and store according to manufacturer’s instructions.
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