Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Christmas Canning In July

I love to give a little something from my kitchen at Christmas time, but I usually start that process in the middle of the summer. Last year I had Christmas Canning In September  I usually put a loaf of bread or maybe a jar of pickles in the gift basket. Last year I put my new cookbook in the basket. I have started work on this years Christmas and it is going to be so good, Strawberry Jalapeno Jam I can't wait to give my gifts.

From A Kettle Full Of Strawberries

To Mouth Watering Jam

Strawberry Jalapeno Jam
Miz Helen's Kitchen
4 pints of Strawberries 
7 cups sugar
2 tablespoons Jalapeno seeded and chopped fine
1 packet of Sure Jell
1/2 teaspoons butter
Be Sure and Read The Directions In The Sure Jell Box Before Beginning This Process
Wash, and remove the stems from the berries. Mash the berries with a masher. Place 5 cups of mashed berries into a heavy sauce pan. Mix in the seeded Jalapeno that has been chopped fine. Stir in one packet of the Sure Jell and mix throughly. Add the butter. The butter will reduce the foaming. Bring the berry mixture to a full rolling boil stirring constantly. Quickly stir in the sugar stirring constantly and return to a full rolling boil. Boil for exactly 1 minute stirring constantly and remove from heat. Skim off any foam.
Ladle into prepared jars and seal. Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Remove jars and let cool . Make sure that the lid has sealed before storing in a cool dry place.
 
Merry Christmas!

It is really nice when the holidays come to have all this sitting in the pantry ready to go. Of course I will dress the jar up with a pretty little ribbon and a nice tag. Let me know what you are doing to get ready for Christmas in July. Thanks for stopping by today your visits are very special to me. Come back soon!
Peace and Joy

24 comments:

  1. That sounds wonderful...a little sweet with a little heat :) I've gotten some clothes shopping done for Christmas, but not much else!

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  2. Sound wonderful Helen, I love Christmas, gloria

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  3. Oh I have never made this! Is it "spicy" or "tangy"? I looks very pretty!

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  4. I am certainly making this for Christmas. I love giving stuff from my kitchen for Christmas. Just a few of the things I give: Pear Butter, Cranberry Apple Butter, Canned Roasted Tomato and Black Bean Soup, etc. Now I have a new gift idea. Thanks.

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  5. I do the same thing! So far, I've made blackberry and cherry, but this strawberry jalapeno sounds so good I'll have to try that too! :)

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  6. Can I please be on your Christmas list? :-) This looks and sounds divine! I can't think of a better combination than strawberries and jalapenos. You're a brave soul my friend for doing all this. I can't bear the thought of Christmas right now ~ just too hot for me. I think it's great though that you plan like this!

    xo
    Pat

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  7. Lucky are those who receive these rosy treats at Christmas no doubt will be thrilled...... looks so pretty and yummy.

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  8. I love how this look, can;t wait to try the recipe!

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  9. Merry Christmas in July....this all look so delicious.

    I have to give my mom your strawberry jalapeno jam recipe....she's my canner.

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  10. Gorgeous! I'm sure they'll be enjoyed:@)

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  11. O, so pretty...and I just can almost taste it now.
    I just bookmarked this and plan to make some while the strawberries are so good.
    See ya later for FPT

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  12. I don't use the word awesome lightly, this is awesome and I am so making it - just need to go strawberry picking.

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  13. I wish we lived in a location that had berry picking. I had a jam similar to this where it was sweet and spicy and I loved it.
    Holy Cannoli Recipes

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  14. So Beautiful! It sounds delicious too.

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  15. I love just the thought of this jam! Sweet with a little kick? Yummy!

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  16. Hi Miz Helen! I loved this post for your Strawberry Jalapeno Jam and I will be featuring a link to your blog tomorrow on my Notepad Features. Thank you for sharing!

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  17. Hi Miz Helen - I am featuring this on my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post today. Stop by and see.

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  18. These look delicious and I would love to taste some. Do you live close by?

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  19. I have started my Christmas canning! 3 batches of jam are already put up, with much more canning in my future. Thanks for sharing your idea with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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  20. Miz Helen, this sounds so good! What a lovely Christmas gift - that is wonderful you have started making your gifts now. I love the idea of spicy strawberries and have featured your post in my Hearth and Soul post this week. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop!

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  21. Thank You So MUCH for joining me last week for Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow and share more of your recipes with us.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

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  22. Miz Helen you are driving my tastebuds crazy just by reading the recipe for this jam. Who would have thought pairing strawberries with Jalepeno's. Genious! Thanks a Latte' for linking up to the canning week blog party!!

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  23. I remember these! I'm sure the lucky recipients enjoyed them:@)

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  24. I am so happy to have found this post! I have been on a real jam making kick, and this sounds sensational. I've made green pepper jelly with jalapenos, but never paired them with strawberries. I can't wait to make this!

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