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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of chopped rhubarb approximately 1 1/2 pounds of stalks
  • 8 cups of chopped strawberries approximately two quarts
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 lemons zested and juiced
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 packets liquid pectin one box

Instructions

  • Wash your jars and rings and lay them out on a towel to dry. Place your lids in a small saucepan and put over medium heat, so that the sealing compound softens in preparation for canning.
  • In a 8-quart, non-reactive pot, bring the rhubarb, strawberries, sugar and water to a boil. Add the cinnamon, lemon juice/zest and salt to the pot and let it bubble gently for about ten minutes (on my stove, this means I set it to medium-high). After ten minutes have elapsed, use a potato masher to break down any large pieces of strawberries that are left (the rhubarb should have broken down nicely by now). If you like a smoother texture, use an immersion blender to puree the fruit. Add the pectin, stir to combine and let cook for a few more minutes.
  • At this point, dip a spoon in the jam and see how it coats the back of the spoon. You can also try the saucer test. If you get a nice, even sheet, the jam is done. You can also taste at this point, to see if you like the balance of flavors. Add a little more lemon juice if you feel it needs additional brightening.
  • Pour into hot jars, wipe rims to remove any spillage and apply lids/rings.
  • Process in a hot water bath for ten minutes.
  • Remove from water and let cool.