I've wanted to try making jam for a really long time, so when our strawberry patch in our front flower bed was loaded with berries this past week, I knew I had my chance. There was just enough berries to make a small jar of homemade jam, and it turned out super-yummy. I didn't have any pectin on hand, so I tried a really easy recipe that didn't involve any pectin and it worked great! Let me share an easy strawberry jam recipe with you today along with some sweet, free printable vinyl jam jar labels. Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this blog post to see what other things my blogging friends made with vinyl this month!
I found the trick to this easy jam recipe was to make sure the jam mixture was hot enough before I put it in the jar. I used a thermometer to test that my jam was hot enough to be a good jammy consistency (it's a word!), but you could also put a little blob in the freezer for a minute and run your finger through it. If the jam doesn't run back together, it's ready to be canned.
To make this homemade jar of jam extra cute (or perfect for a little gift!), I designed some labels that I printed on to Inkjet Printable Vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. This vinyl was so fun to work with! It's such a great option for making DIY labels because it's a lot thicker than regular printable sticker paper, plus it's a little stretchy so it's easy to smooth around curved surfaces.
Ready to make your own easy strawberry jam? Here's the recipe. (You can find the original source here.)
Easy Strawberry Jam
Recipe Type: Jam
Serves: 1 small jar
This simple strawberry jam has only three ingredients.
- ½ lb strawberries, mashed
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice
- Place the mashed strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan.
- Mix and heat until the mixture boils.
- Boil the mixture until it reaches 220 F.
- Pour the mixture into a small mason jar, seal, and refrigerate.
- If you want to store the jam for later, seal and process the jam in a water bath.
Now it's time to see the rest of the DIY vinyl project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!
From the top left, they are:
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Expressions Vinyl. As always, all of the opinions here are my own. I only recommend companies that I use and love myself.