Traditional Strawberry Jam

It’s strawberry season! The flavor, texture and appearance of this jam outshines a store-bought version every time. The difference is amazing and store-bought can’t hold a candle to jam you make at home, where you hand-select the fruit and other ingredients and add a little love to every jar. 

Traditional Strawberry Jam
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Ingredients
  1. Strawberry jam is one of the most popular preserves to make, especially when local fruit is in season. This recipe uses the long-boil method, with no added pectin.
  2. 6 cups crushed strawberries 1.5 L
  3. 3 tbsp lemon juice 45 mL
  4. 5 cups granulated sugar 1.25 L
Instructions
  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, combine strawberries and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar in a steady stream, stirring constantly. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium-high and boil rapidly, stirring often and reducing heat further as mixture thickens, for 20 to 22 minutes or until thickened. Test for setting point (see page 24). Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Stir for 5 to 8 minutes to prevent floating fruit.
  2. Ladle into sterilized jars to within 1⁄4 inch (0.5 cm) of rim; wipe rims. Apply prepared lids and rings; tighten rings just until fingertip-tight. Process jars in boiling water canner (see page 27) for 10 minutes. Transfer jars to a towel-lined surface and let rest at room temperature until set. Check seals; refrigerate any unsealed jars for up to 3 weeks. Makes about five 8-ounce (250 mL) jars.
  3. Tip: If you leave the lemon juice out of strawberry jam, it will not set — strawberries are not high enough in acid.
Notes
  1. Tip: If you leave the lemon juice out of strawberry jam, it will not set — strawberries are not high enough in acid.
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Antipasto

A delicious appetizer to serve during the festive season. It’s a lot of chopping, but don’t use a food processor!

Antipasto
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Ingredients
  1. Antipasto
  2. 1 cup olive oil 250 mL
  3. 1 large cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces 1
  4. 2 large green peppers, chopped 2
  5. 2 cans (each 101⁄2 oz/294 mL) sliced ripe olives, chopped 2
  6. 1 jar (16 oz/454 mL) green olives with pimiento, chopped 1
  7. 2 jars (each 13 oz/370 mL) pickled onions, chopped 2
  8. 2 cans (each 10 oz/284 mL) mushroom stems and pieces 2
  9. 1 jar (48 oz/1.4 L) mixed pickles, chopped 1
  10. 2 bottles (each 48 oz/1.4 L) ketchup 2
  11. 1 bottle (15 oz/426 mL) hot ketchup 1
  12. 2 cans (each 2 oz/56 g) anchovies, chopped (optional) 2
  13. 3 cans (each 41⁄2 oz/128 g) solid tuna, chopped 3
  14. 3 cans (each 4 oz/114 g) small shrimp 3
Instructions
  1. Drain all jars and cans. Put all ingredients, except the fish, into a large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Pour boiling water over all the fish to rinse. Drain and add to mixture. Gently stir and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  2. Pour into clean airtight containers, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) headspace. Let cool completely. Cover and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Serve with crackers. Makes 8 to 9 cups (2 to 2.25 L).
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