May 20, 2016

Strawberry Balsamic Jam


One of my favorite things to do is make homemade jams and jellies. I make all kinds of them, but strawberry jam holds a special place in my heart. In my opinion, strawberries, hands down, just make the best jam ever. 




In general, I steer away from adding extra pectin to my homemade strawberry jam. I find that with a long enough cook time, the natural juices from the strawberries combine with the added sugar to thicken the jam up perfectly.

I used to add a bit of lemon juice to strawberry jam to offset all that sticky sweetness with a little bit of acidity, but lately I prefer to use balsamic vinegar instead. By mixing in just a tablespoon or two of that flavorful, dark vinegar the jam benefits from a richer, red color and a bit of tangy zip.


This strawberry jam is an honest to goodness staple here in my kitchen, and it's been a popular request among my family and friends too. This recipe is for a small batch of this jam, so if you need more than a cup or two of jam you should double the recipe. 

When it comes to jams and jellies I make for my business, I always properly process my jams and jellies using the guidelines set out by the folks over at Ball mason jar website. When it comes to making these jars of deliciousness for my family, however, I usually pack my homemade jam in sanitized jars and keep them in the refrigerator because they don't normally last long enough to go bad. 

I'm excited to share this recipe with you all for a couple of reasons, the first of which is that I know so many of you will enjoy it and hopefully use it. However, I'm also excited because this recipe is the subject of my very first ever Youtube video which I've shared below.

I've also shared the written recipe and instructions here in this post. 





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Small Batch Strawberry Balsamic Jam

  • 1 lb (16 oz) fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1. Rinse and hull the whole strawberries. Place strawberries in a heavy-bottom Dutch oven. Pour the sugar over the strawberries.

2. Stir and evenly coat strawberries with sugar (there will be excess sugar in the pot). Cover the pot and allow the sugar-covered berries to sit at room temperature for one hour. (The sugar will macerate the berries or draw the juices out of them)

3. After an hour, there should be enough liquid present in the pot with the berries to begin simmering the fruit. Bring the berries and liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and allow them to simmer for about 15-20 minutes. 

4. At this point, turn off the heat, and using a potato masher, mash the fruit slighty (and gently...no need to pull this boiling hot pot off of the stovetop!)

5. Bring the jam back to a boil, again reduce the heat and continue simmering for another 15-20 minutes (stirring regularly to prevent it from sticking to the bottom). Once the jam looks to be thickening up, turn off the heat. 

6. Transfer the hot jam to sanitized mason jars (or another type of container, mason jars are just my fave!).  

7. At this point you can cover them and process them for storage (refer to the link above for helpful hints if you need them) or allow the jam to go to room temperature. You can serve right away after it cools, or store it in the fridge for several weeks.

8. Enjoy!



18 comments:

  1. I love the use of balsamic in strawberry jam. It looks very tasty! Great video too!

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  2. I like that your recipe makes just a small amount of jam, perfect for just two people to enjoy.

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  3. HI Marcelle, congratulations on your first video, it was great. Love strawberries too, the addition of balsamic is a clever idea.

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  4. Great recipe, Marcelle! I, too,make my strawberry jam without pectin, but have never used balsamic vinegar. I really need to try this!

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    1. David, we seriously eat this all the time! I hope you like it! Thank you :)

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  5. Your jam looks wonderful! Balsamic vinegar is perfect for adding a little extra flavour.

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  6. Love making jams and jellies and I know how good strawberries and balsamic are together.

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    1. Hi there! They are definitely a great match. Thank you for the comment! :)

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  7. Marcelle, the aceto balsamico must add a nice depth of flavor to your homemade strawberry jam. Quite an intriguing idea! And congratulations of your very first you tube video!
    ANdrea

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  8. Love the combo of strawberries and balsamic vinegar! Never made jam with the pairing, though -- brilliant idea. Really wonderful stuff -- thanks.

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  9. delicious! i resisted trying such a weird combination for a long time, and i'm sorry i wasted that time--strawberries with balsamic is amazing and your jam is perfect!

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    1. Hi Grace! Thank you :) We eat lots of this stuff, love it!

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