Strawberry Banana Jam
* 4 -3/4 cups prepared fruit (about 2 quarts fully ripe strawberries
and 3 fully ripe medium bananas)
* 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 6-3/4 cups sugar
* 1 box Sure-Jell fruit pectin
* 1/2 teaspoon butter or margarine
Boil jars on rack in large pot filled with water 10 minutes. Place flat lids in saucepan with water. Bring to boil. Remove from heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to fill. Drain well before filling.
Stem and thoroughly crush strawberries, 1 layer at a time. Measure 3-1/4 cups into 6-or 8-quart saucepot. Mash bananas thoroughly. Measure 1-1/2 cups into strawberries in saucepot. Stir in lemon juice.
Measure sugar into separate bowl. (Scrape excess sugar from cup with spatula to level for exact measure.) Stir fruit pectin into fruit in saucepot. Add butter. Bring to full rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Quickly stir in all sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.
Ladle quickly into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. *Invert jars 5 minutes, then turn upright. After jars are cool, check seals.
*Or follow water bath method recommended by USDA.
Makes about 8 cups or 8 (1-cup) jars
Generic Term: fruit pectin for homemade jams and jellies
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I've made this recipe with my dkids for years and years, having a child (or children) mash the strawberries and bananas in a big bowl, and then stir the berries in the saucepan until they get too hot. Usually we invited extra kids over and they always took home a jar after helping; even the two older boys next door would come over to help now and hten.
When my dkids were in elementary school, we often took jars of this jam to teachers and school staff for an end-of-year treat.
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