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


  • 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


  1. Prepare waterbath canner, jars and lids according to manufacturer’s instructions, if preserving. Prepare and measure ingredients for recipe.
  2. Combine prepared fruit with fruit juice in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in Ball® RealFruit™ Low or No-Sugar Needed Pectin
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Process jars for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude*. Turn off heat, remove lid and let jars stand for 5 minutes.
  7. 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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