This recipe was selectively taken (with permission) from our dear friends at Jackalope Farms who have a plethora of strawberries to sell! You want berries? Email them! They'd be more than happy to pick some for you!
After growing up watching my father spend his adult life chasing that Grandma P taste, I quickly realized that I could not go down that road. Why chase the dream when you can make a new one? So, I ditched the traditional recipes. I knew in my heart of hearts that non-conformity would make or break me, but in the end my perseverance paid off.
I started off small: strawberry cinnamon. It went over well and I found it delicious. Next up, strawberry vanilla. I used my blessed Vitamix to blend whole vanilla beans with my strawberries. The effect was a taste bud party. I now had my own train of addicts; people I had originally pawned my experiments on were begging for more. I became the jam pusher. I was confident in my new found talent, so I started adding weirder stuff: jalapeno, cracked black pepper, mint, thyme, chocolate, nutmeg. Each one was like taking a brunch vacation to delicious town.
So now fair readers. With strawberry season in the beginnings of its summer reign, I beg of you: take chances. BE BOLD! Dare to smash the jar of jam conformity! Don't be constrained by your family's history- you can make any kind of jam you want!
Now that you're pumped to be creative here is a basic batch recipe that I use to get the party started:
-8 Cups of washed, de-stemmed, halved strawberries. I usually leave the small guys whole, if you like a chunky jam.
-Bring the strawberries to a boil on medium heat, stirring semi-constantly.
- I don't use pectin, so once the strawberries have boiled bring down to a simmer and stir while simmering for 5 minutes. If you like a thicker jam, turn off heat and leave jam to cool completely. Then repeat steps (bring to a boil and simmer while stirring).
-Add your new fun flavor!!!!! Anything you want! Taste before adding sugar to make sure you can actually taste the flavor. But taste after sugar too for good measure.
-Add 4 cups of sugar, while stirring vigorously. Bring to a rolling boil.
-Once this has happened then you're ready to jam with your sterilized equipment!