I love trying new things – new adventures, new ways to improve my life and make me a better person, new books to read and new recipes. Sydney Lykins, who has been assisting me in my studio this summer, came into the studio one day talking about how she and her Mom, (the fabulous make-up artist, Karrie Lykins), had made a bunch of batches of homemade strawberry jam and IT LOOKED SO GOOD! I mean like, mouth-watering delicious good… like find me a piece of bread because that needs to get in my belly NOW GOOD!!! I asked Sydney the details about how I can make delicious strawberry jam, expecting the process to take an entire afternoon.
Sydney explained that she just followed the recipe on a box and it wasn’t hard and didn’t take that long. Easy enough. So, I ventured to the store with my mini-me, Brenna, and we bought all the ingredients, headed home and it was so easy to make and ours tastes SO GOOD too!!! Eating jam is a snack, right? Should now be when I mention that I have skipped the bread totally and have just been eating the jam out of the jar with a spoon. I had to share with you the delicious recipe, especially since berries are in season. I may or may not be eating the jam as I type right now!! 🙂
1 box of Pectin – we followed the freezer jam recipe
Strawberries (or any berry) – we used 2 lbs of strawberries
Jars for freezing/storing – we used 8 – 8oz jars.
The basic recipe that we followed on the Pectin box was this: wash the jars, wash the berries, mash the berries and mix them with the sugar, cook the water and Pectin, mix the sugared strawberries with the Pectin/water mix, let it sit for a few minutes, pour into jars and let them sit for 24 hours and then freeze.
The frozen jam will last up to a year and once thawed and in the fridge, the jam lasts for 3 weeks, but trust me it won’t last!!!
So, MBP fans – has anyone tried this recipe? There was a bunch of sugar in it – any ideas for cutting the sugar down, but not losing the sweetness. Also, my jam was a bit runny – any advice on how to thicken up the recipe? Fill me in on my FB page with your tips and tricks. If you are scheduling a session in the studio, you might be lucky enough to be able to try my jam this season, but that is if it lasts!!!
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