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    Strawberry~Rhubarb Jam...full of sweet-tart goodness.


      Only one of the many ways to enjoy Strawberry~Rhubarb Jam

    One of the first jams I make every spring is a blend of Strawberries and Rhubarb, for fairly obvious reasons: they are two of the fruits ripe at this time of year in Seattle. Rhubarb is at its peak between April and June, and fingers-crossed, strawberries follow closely after.

    This is a wonderful project for beginners for a couple reasons. There are just 4 ingredients, and as you will see, it only takes a few simple steps, from start-to-finish. 

    1 pound each strawberry and rhubarb, lemon zest & juice, and sugar

    For every 2 pounds of fruit*, you'll need the zest and juice of one lemon, plus 2 cups of sugar. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl... 

    (Pugs love strawberries)

    ...then stir gently, but thoroughly....

    Cover the bowl and let the mixture macerate on the counter for a couple hours, or in the fridge overnight. You can even let it sit for longer**. 

    A lovely syrup will form in the bowl as a result!

    The next day, stir the mixture well, and transfer it to a heavy-bottom pan. Boil vigorously over medium-high for 5-10 minutes, stirring often to be sure it isn't sticking. It won't take long for the jam to thicken. If you cook it much longer than this, the rhubarb will begin to fall apart. I don't know about you, but I happen to like small chunks of rhubarb in the jam, so I am careful not to overcook it.

    Seal in jars using the Boiling Water Bath method if you want your jam to be shelf-stable (for up to a year). Otherwise you can store it sealed in the refrigerator for a month, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

    See, now isn't that easy?

    So what are you waiting for?

    Go grab a pound of rhubarb and get started!



    *You can adjust this recipe and use up to 4 pounds total of fruit, but use a larger pan when cooking. You want a wide shallow pan, rather than a stockpot; it's important that there is sufficient surface area to allow for evaporation.

    **I've actually let the fruit & sugar mixture macerate for up to 11 days! The sugar toughened up the walls of the macerating fruit (in a good way) meaning my fruit held it's shape better in my finished jam.  

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    Reader Comments (5)

    Looks fab Brook!! I want some! Trade you some Pear and Vanilla Bean Honey! :)

    I'll totally trade you! I love swapping. I'll DM my address to you on Twitter.
    Yay :)

    April 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterBrook Hurst Stephens

    great you have the usda guidlines? or a link? ps. I like the nail polish, Brook!

    April 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjane ridolfi

    Hi Jane,

    You and I were on the same wavelength. I was in a hurry when I typed that blog post, and didn't post instructions for sealing -- nor did I post a link to the recipe -- like I usually do. I KNEW I should have added that USDA link, so thank you for the reminder :)

    I fixed it; you will now find a link to the USDA guidelines in the last part of my blog.

    Thanks for the email too. I think you have some great advice!!!

    B xo

    April 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterBrook Hurst Stephens

    Picked our first rhubarb today. It had been buried under lawn clipping for two years. Unburied it in Feb/Mar, watered it well, and harvested the first of it today. Gordon's Mom will make an upside down cake or cobbler this afternoon. I'm making some of your jam recipe to put in the freezer. I like my strawberry jam frozen as opposed to canned as I like it less cooked. Can't wait! Inspired by your gorgeous pics. Hope pastry school is going great! Anna

    May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Wulfsong Belt
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