Make Ahead

Strawberry Jam For Henry

May  2, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Serves 6 pints canned plus more for the fridge to eat right away
Author Notes

I found pretty organic strawberries at the market right about the same time ArielleClementine's new baby Henry was being born - so I figure he is a lucky strawberry boy. Congratulations to the family, and this jam is dedicated to Henry!!! —aargersi

What You'll Need
  • 4 pounds strawberries - washed, hulled and quartered
  • 2 cups reisling (mine is self described as off-dry - I find it a bit sweet)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 box no sugar needed pectin (1.75 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon Fruit Fresh (last year my strawberry jam faded after a month or so which made me sad, I am hoping the fruit fresh will help with that in case we don't eat it fast enough)
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. Prepare you jars if you are canning - make sure they are clean and sterile and ready. Put 2 spoons in the freezer.
  2. Put the strawberries, lemon juice and reisling in a large heavy pot and bring to a boil. At the same time whisk the pectin and the sugar together. Once the strawberries have come to a boil add the remaining ingredients and stir together thoroughly. Bring it back to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer. Simmer until the strawberries are soft - this should just take a few minutes. The whole idea behind a pectin jam is that you don't have to cook the fruit as long which makes for a nice fresh tasting jam.
  3. Once the strawberries are soft, gently run through your jam with a potato masher and break them up a bit - leave some large chunks too. Get a spoon out of the freezer and dribble a bit of the jam on the back. Run your finger through it. If the track stays clear you are done, if not simmer a few more minutes and re-test.
  4. Turn off the heat. Some people say skim the foam, but I just stir the jam down so there isn't any. The butter helps also.
  5. If you are canning - fill your jars, clean the rims, secure the lids and rings, and re-boil for 10 minutes. Remove from the canning pot and let rest until completely cool - at least 12-14 hours. Check your seals and store in a cool dark place. Share with friends and neighbors!
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Recipe by: aargersi

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28 Reviews

dani August 10, 2011
I tasted Henry's jam shortly after his birth and it is fabulous!
Love the recipe and the picture is priceless. Congratulations, arielleclementine and helentheauntie! Happy Mother's Day!
Amanda H. May 7, 2011
Welcome, Henry, to a life of eating well! You are in for many good treats. And congratulations, arielleclementine!
thank you all so much for your wonderful comments, and to abbie for the beautiful recipe! henry is a dream, and i can't wait to cook all of your recipes for him! much love to you all :)
wssmom May 4, 2011
Adorable! What a wonderful welcome for Henry!
Lizthechef May 4, 2011
Happy Mother's Day to the new mom!!
TiggyBee May 3, 2011
This is so sweet! He's precious!! Congrats arielleclementine and all!
hardlikearmour May 3, 2011
Awesome tribute to little Henry! Congrats, AC & auntieDeb!
Sagegreen May 3, 2011
Congrats! We are all strawberry boy aunts!!! Yay! Gorgeous.
healthierkitchen May 2, 2011
What happy news and a great recipe!
mrslarkin May 2, 2011
Hooray for strawberry jam! Hooray for baby Henry! What a cutie! Thanks for sharing aargersi!
nannydeb May 2, 2011
Awwww! Thanks for posting the picture!
Helenthenanny May 2, 2011
no problem!
gingerroot May 2, 2011
Yes, thank you (and congrats!) HelentheAuntie for the update and photo of Henry and mom. Welcome to the world, beautiful boy!
fiveandspice May 2, 2011
That is such a great photo! So sweet!
Helenthenanny May 2, 2011
Thank you so much Abbie, you're a very sweet friend! Arielle labored for 41 hours and delivered Henry Xavier Arizpe at 6:31pm on Saturday April 30, 2011! He weighs 7lbs 13oz and is 22 inches long. He is beautiful and healthy, and is very sweet and content. I am a very proud helentheauntie! I'm especially proud of my sister, for her strength and endurance. Henry's vital signs were perfect throughout the 41 hours, but the little bunny had his head turned and his hands on his face, making him a bit bulky and stuck, slowing down the process a bit. My mom, Andy (Arielle's husband) and I were by her side the whole time. The three of us helped Henry out of the womb and into Arielle's loving arms. It was the best moment of my life so far, to be there for my sister, certainly an experience I'll never forget. Everyone is healthy and happy. Thank you all for the well wishes, I'll pass them on to arielleclementine!
aargersi May 2, 2011
Congratulations to HelenTheAuntie too and thank you so much for the full report! Can't wait to meet Mr Henry in person ... please give them all hugs and best wishes and welcome to the world in the meantime ... and I will bring jam when they are ready for visitors!!!
aargersi May 2, 2011
GREAT PHOTO! Thank you for sharing!!!!
Helenthenanny May 2, 2011
thanks again abbie! i'll text you soon for some visiting and jam! also, i just uploaded a photo of arielle and henry : )
drbabs May 2, 2011
I have tears in my eyes. Big hugs to you all. What a sweet photo.
lastnightsdinner May 8, 2011
So sweet - congrats, and welcome, Henry!
drbabs May 2, 2011
Abbie, you are the BEST! Big welcomes to Henry and congrats to Arielle, and here's hoping your jam doesn't fade.
gingerroot May 2, 2011
Mmmm! And Hooray for Henry, big congratulations to arielleclementine and family. As a child, I loved strawberries so much that my grandmother called them "Jenny-berries." Here's to baby Henry and his "Henry-berry" jam!
monkeymom May 2, 2011
This jam is so beautiful. And thanks for sharing the great always surprises me how quickly other people's pregnancies go by whereas my own seemed like they would never end!
fiveandspice May 2, 2011
Aww. Huge congrats to arilleclementine! And what a lucky boy Henry is to be born a strawberry baby. :)
Midge May 2, 2011
My strawberry jam faded last year too, weird. Am saving this for when our strawberry season hits. Congrats to arielleclementine; I think Henry is a great name!
aargersi May 2, 2011
Hey Midge, I looked on line and though I read a lot about fading I didn't see any real solutions offered, so I guess we are on our own :-) I will let you know how Henry's does - well if it lasts - a few jars are destined for gifts and bake sale donations ....
nannydeb May 2, 2011
Yes, congrats to arielleclementine! And what a great use for Reisling!