Friday, June 6, 2014

I CAN do this! - Strawberry Jam Without Pectin or Refined Sugar

My mom and aunt are wonderful canners so I had been wanting to try canning myself for awhile.  I was intimidated by the process, but this year faced my canning fears and made strawberry jam! My family and I try to eat real unprocessed food and cut out refined sugar as much as we can, so I was on a quest to find a strawberry jam recipe that fit this criteria.  Through research I discovered that my favorite food blog, 100 Days of Real Food, had a strawberry jam recipe that didn't use pectin and replaced the refined sugar with honey!

Why no pectin, you ask?  Pectin is a natural occurring thickening agent and is extracted from fruit such as apples, plum, gooseberries and oranges.  Some commercial pectins add dextrose or may contain artificial sweeteners, fillers or chemicals.   If you are buying a "pure" commercial pectin, you may have no idea the pesticides/herbicides that were used on the fruit it was extracted from. 

After reading the reviews of the 100 Days of Real Food strawberry jam recipe, I became nervous about how the jam would turn out. A handful of reviewers said the jam's consistency was thin due to the lack of pectin and it had a strong taste of honey.  Overall, though, the majority of reviewers said it turned out great so I decided to go for it.

When shopping for the ingredients I tried to go as local as possible. The gorgeous strawberries purchased for the jam were from a local Oregon farm, Parsons Farms, and were melt in your mouth delicious!  The raw honey purchased was from My Local Honey, a product available in Washington and Oregon.  The back story of the company is really interesting so if you have a minute you should visit their website

Gorgeous strawberries from Parsons Farms

Raw Honey from My Local Honey

Overall, the jam making process was a success! The 100 Days of Real Food recipe includes some great canning tips for newbies like me.  I had a great time canning and it turned out to be a lot more simple than I thought and the strawberry jam turned out delicious! Yes, it isn't as thick as a store bought jam, but that doesn't bother my family and I.  Also, we didn't get the strong taste of honey that some reviewers complained about.  One thing to note is that the recipe states that you should get about 6 pints of jam where we only got 4.5 pints.  Will I use this recipe again?  Absolutely!

Next up...raspberry jam.  I can't wait!

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  1. Oh your strawberry jam without pectin or raw sugar sounds like a perfect recipe to try and strawberries will be ready here in the NE in a couple weeks. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. I don't think you will be disappointed with the recipe. It is delicious! I will definitely join your blog hop next week. Thanks for hosting!

  2. That recipe looks super yummy! I never make jam because of all the weird ingredients, either. I might have to give this a try... Thanks for sharing at Savoring Saturdays. :)

  3. This looks fabulous! I'm going to try your recipe this year....I'm starting to harvest lots of strawberries right now so this was perfect timing!

    Thanks for joining Green Thumb Thursday, we'd love to have you back again!



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