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Yes, I am posting about a strawberry rhubarb jam at the end of December. I realize this must seem crazy, since it is December and all, and strawberries and rhubarbs aren’t exactly in season. The truth is that I made this back in June, and never got around to taking pictures. Then, time just went by and I figured it was just too late to post about this jam. But here it is, the end of the year, and I need to post about a recipe from this cookbook – for my Cookbook Project – and here it is, 2 days before the end of the year and I still have 2 books to go. My intentions were to make an apple butter recipe. I even bought the overpriced apples to do it. But with my wrist issues I’ve been having, not much has been going on in the kitchen. So please forgive me for posting a recipe so out of season!!

But even though it is out of season, it is delicious. My husband claimed that this is his favorite jam that he has ever had. I’m pretty sure our supply won’t make it until next summer, when I’m sure that I’ll be making more. I really think the main reason this is so good is that it was made from homegrown strawberries and rhubarb from my in-laws garden. You just can’t get this flavor when you have to buy from the store!!

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
adapted from Jams and Preserves

Makes about 4 pints

3 cups of strawberries, stems removed
2 cups rhubarb, cleaned and sliced
juice of 2 freshly squeezed lemons
7 cups sugar
1 pkg. fruit pectin
1-2 teaspoons butter

Place the strawberries, rhubarb and lemon juice in a large pan and simmer over gentle heat until the fruit has collapsed, about 15-20 minutes. Add the sugar, pectin and butter and bring to a boil and boil rapidly for 10-20 minutes, or until the desired setting point is reached.

Let cool for 8-10 minutes, then skim. Pour into warmed, sterilized jars and cover the tops with wax disks. When completely cool, cover with lids, label and store in a cool place.

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15 Responses to Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

  1. Colloquial Cook says:

    Fabulous! I am sorry to hear about your recurring wrist condition, but if you can still open a jar of strawberry and rhubarb jam, everything is still under control :-) And also, it’s ok to post about that now, since jam needs time to rest before its flavours are perfectly combined. By the way, I think I need to visit the basement to check what jam needs sampling :-)

  2. How's it Taste? says:

    Oh, Yum!

    (But, how much butter? : )

  3. Deborah says:

    Oops – I forgot to put the butter amount! The amount has been fixed on the recipe. Thanks for catching that!

  4. Maria says:

    The perfect jam for morning toast! Looks great!

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    The perfect combo! Delicious!

    Best wishes for the New Year!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. Paula says:

    Oh I love having a taste of summer when the winter winds blow! I don’t think I’ve ever had strawberry rhubarb jam … just the pie! I bet the first bite of this was just lovely. Hope your wrist situation improves. How many more days until baby? Happy New Year!

  7. Darius T. Williams says:

    I haven’t had really good strawberry rhubarb jam in ages!

    Can I have some…please?

    -Darius
    http://www.everydaycookin.com

  8. Crazy Lady says:

    funny how this blog world is, but i’m really rooting for you to finish your books…I’ve been checking for probably the last six months. Good for you. go for it. do it do it. nothing like the present!

    And good luck with the baby.

    so you didn’t process the jars after that? i might try this one. thanks.

  9. Dawn says:

    I use homemade jam year round. I love jam on dry toast with my morning coffee. Not every morning, once in a while. I always look forward to your photos.
    Happy New Year!

  10. Bellini Valli says:

    Homemade strawberry and rhubarb jam would be welcomed any season. Have a wonderfully safe, happy and tasty New year. See you in 2009!!!!

  11. Jenny says:

    LOOKS beautifully delish Deborah! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  12. Grace says:

    one should always have homemade jam on hand–it’s good and completely appropriate regardless of the weather outside. :)
    happy new year!

  13. Ari (Baking and Books) says:

    December or no, this jam sounds super yummy. I’ve bookmarked it for later!

    Happy New Year!

  14. glamah16 says:

    Hope Christmas was good and Happy New Year. I love tasting a jam made in summer in the dead of winter. Just adds some sunshine to the holidays.

  15. Brilynn says:

    It doesn’t seem crazy, it seems delicious, I love homemade jam!

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