It’s that time again – the fruit is ripe for the picking, the veggies are ready to harvest, and our stomachs are aching for some good old fashioned treats. We’re kicking off the season by canning flavorful Strawberry Balsamic Jam.
Every summer it is a tradition in our family to make jam. We usually stick with the traditional, mostly because I know my kids will always eat good ol’ raspberry jam. But over the past few years we have been experimenting with sugar alternatives and finding ways to use less sugar. While we were searching for the perfect jam, with the right amount of sweetness, yet still having the correct texture, we came across our favorite universal pectin. This not only has allowed us to control the amount of sweetness in our jam but also the thickness. This stuff is potent. When comparing it to other pectin’s out there we have found we use a lot less (you can use the same amount but just be prepared for extra thick jam!). It uses are combination of calcium water and pectin powder to give you amazing results- it’s also incredibly easy to adapt to your other recipes-so don’t be afraid to try it instead!
Once we figured out ways to control sugar, we have been much more brave and ventured out to amazing flavor combinations. This is such a delicious jam. Its not too sweet, but the flavors from the balsamic and pepper mixed with the strawberry just screams summer. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.