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The Florida Strawberry Jam recipe is sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.
When Florida season brings you strawberries we make jam!
We live in Florida and love Florida produce and seafood. We always look for the Label “Fresh From Florida” to make sure we are bringing freshest food available to our table. And now that Florida strawberries are at the peak of the season we decided to make a homemade Florida strawberry jam with citrus hints.
This recipe is simple to make, and you will love the results. Making jams at home could be intimidating, but when you make your first jam, you want to make jams everytime you have a chance.
At least that is what happened to me, as I started making jams for the first time last Christmas and now every time I see fresh seasonal fruits making jams like this Florida strawberry jam is a thing that comes to my mind.
Making jams help preserve the seasonal fruits we enjoy.
Canning is a great way to preserve the bounty and use the freshest fruits that are available in the market that way we can continue enjoying them for the months to come.
And since Florida strawberry season passes so fast, there is no better way than to take advantage of the current strawberry abundance and buy several boxes to preserve and enjoy them in various applications. Including this fabulous Florida, strawberry jam to make desserts, add to the morning toast or bagel, use with waffles and pancakes, make smoothies and even prepare salad dressings.
Besides Florida strawberries are sweet and versatile, you can enjoy them raw, with cereal, on agua fresca and even on savory applications. I love strawberry pizza, drizzled with balsamic reduction and feta cheese and garnished with arugula — the perfect bite for a sweet and tasty experience.
Let’s support our local farmers!
Purchasing local produce and seafood helps our Florida farmers too. And we want to make sure they are successful as they are the ones that have the responsibility of growing and harvesting fresh produce so that we can offer the best food options to our family.
Florida farmers make it easy for us to eat fresh produce year-round. When you do your grocery shopping either at the farmers market or at the supermarket look for the Fresh From Florida label, you will be amazed at how many stores sell Florida produce and seafood.
And if you love fresh produce, I invite you to follow the Fresh on social media to get the scoop on what is in season in the sunshine state and check out the Fresh! recipe videos to get more inspiration on what to cook.
If you love strawberries like us, make the Florida Strawberry Jam and check out the Florida strawberry recipes that Fresh From Florida recommends here.
Florida Strawberry Jam
- Canning pot with rack
- Canning jars
- Canning tools
- Citrus zester
- Cutting board
- 8 cups of Florida Strawberries
- 4 limes juiced
- 1 tablespoon of lime zest
- 1/2 teaspoon of butter
- 7 cups of sugar
- 2 packest of fruit pectin 1.75 oz each
- 4 16 oz mason jars with lids
- Wash and clean the mason jars and the lids before use. Keep them warm.
- Cook the Florida strawberries with the lime juice and the lime zest in a saucepan blend the fully cooked fruit using an immersion blender or a stand-up blender.
- Add the cooked strawberries blend to the pot and place in the stove to continue the cooking process. Add some butter to reduce foaming.
- Bring mixture to a full rolling boil on high heat and continue stirring. Add the sugar, stir to combine and boil for another minute. Do not diminish the amount of sugar as the pectin won't set. Then add fruit pectin and stir well if any foams forms remove with a spoon.
- Ladle the jam immediately into the warm sterilized jars and fill within 1/4 inch of top. Clean the rims of the jars with a clean paper towel and place the two lids.
- Make sure the water bath is hot before starting the sealing process. Place the jars on the elevated rack included in the canning pot. Lower the rack into the boiling water making sure the water covers the jars at least 2 inches. Boil for 10-15 minutes. Remove the jars using the proper utensil and place upright on a towel to cool completely.
- After doing this you will start hearing the lid popping, that means the process was successful, and the jars are sealed.
- Store the unopened jars in a cool, dry, dark place up to six to 12 months. Opened jars may last up to three weeks inside the fridge.
- Follow the instructions and do not lower the amount of sugar as that might affect the setting of the fruit pectin.
- Recipe makes four 16oz jars
- Make sure jars have sealed correctly to avoid jams to go bad.
- Unsealed jars must be kept under refrigeration.
- Use common sense and follow proper safety measures as working without water and hot jams can cause accidents and burns.
- You can use 8 oz jars instead of 16oz if desired.