I love homemade strawberry jam.
I remember as a little girl devouring my grandma's strawberry freezer jam.
I slathered it on fresh bread, toast, and graham crackers. Heck I ate it by the spoonful right out of the container.
I lived for that jam.
Once in college after some affectionate begging, I even got some jam from her. Yup, it is true. Freezer jam on ice given to me while so far away from home.
Then when I was newly married I decided it was time for me to learn how to make my own freezer jam. After some fingernail biting, I called her and she told me how to go about it.
And went about it I did.
From then on, every summer I gathered fresh strawberries and went about making our family a freezer full of jam.
This summer was no different...
Okay so it was a little different.
First, we did not go traipsing about our favorite Ohio strawberry farm picking and eating strawberries to our hearts content.
No strawberry picking here. Sad.
So instead we relied on our good old Zaycon Foods. Remember when I wrote about it HERE?
So we picked up our strawberries...our lots and lots of strawberries.
Before we set out to make jam, we had ourselves some berry eating.
Then I made up some freezer jam up. I mean, I had to it is tradition.
However, the other difference to jam-making this year...
Well friends, I busted out my ever growing mad canning skills and I made some cooked jam.
I decided to try making cooked jam because then I could put it on the shelf in our food storage. Hence, not cramming my itty bitty chest freezer full of jam leaving no room for oh, like, I don't know, things like chicken, beef, frozen veggies...minor details.
I bought myself a water bath canning pot (that is the technical term for it).
Then I got to work.
When all was said and done I had jars and jars of jam.
Beautiful and yummy jam.
In fact I made so much I have enough to hand some out here and there as little homemade gifts.
All I had to do was top the lid with some cute fabric and put a simple label on the front.
I made up these simple labels, and I am gonna share them with you.
Just 'cause you know I like ya and all.
Just right click on the image below and save it your computer as a jpeg.
Then all you need to do is open it in a document like Word and print it off. Someday I will master the whole pdf thing. Be patient with my technical ignorance.
Back to the jam.
Add your name. Put it on a jar of your own homemade jam.
Make someone super duper happy.