Eats: Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

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We're jammin'! The other weekend Kyle and I decided to hit up Eastern Market for produce because it was so nice outside, and I suddenly had the urge to make some strawberry rhubarb jam because it sounded so summer-y. I had never made strawberry rhubarb jam, but you know, optimism and all of that. So! I bought the supplies, and the next day jarred up four pints of the stuff and gave them away to friends and family. 

I asked Kyle to take pictures of the jam for this post while I was at work last week, which explains why they are so creative. If it were me, I would have just set the jar on the table and taken a shot. Here, we have what it looks like at an interesting angle, sitting in the window, and what it looks like spread across half-eaten toast! Who knew that a jar of jam could make for such an interesting photography subject. 

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4 cups crushed strawberries
3 cups chopped rhubarb
6 tbsp pectin
4 tbsp lemon juice
6 cups sugar

Makes 4 pint jars. 

Prep four pint jars and lids, tips here

In a pot, add strawberries, sugar, and pectin, and bring to a boil. Let boil for one minute, and stir mixture. Next, add lemon juice and rhubarb. Let boil one more minute. Carefully ladle jam into hot jars, and bring to a boil. Let the jars boil for ten minutes, remove, then set in a cool area for a few hours (or overnight). 

*Notes: I did not have exactly 4 cups of strawberries, and they were hella ripe. I also used liquid pectin, and I am not overly fond of the liquid. These came out a bit thinner than I would have liked (note all the fruit is at the top!), but we just mixed it up and it still tastes pretty yummy. I would recommend the powdered pectin though, it reaalllllly makes a difference, IMO.

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Much like baking, jarring things is very relaxing to me. I really have to focus on what I am doing so that I don't fuck it up, so it really brings me "into the now", and helps filter out whatever is stressing me/giving me anxiety. When I am all done, I get to give away baked treats and jams to people, and as long as it doesn't taste like poop, it makes everyone happy. So! That being said, I am planning on trying out different jams this summer, so stay tuned if you are into that sort of thing. 

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  1. LOVE strawberry rhubarb jam! Send me some! Actually I have made it before with my mother-in-law. We have rhubarb growing in our yard so we harvest it when we remember (yeah I know) and then make jam. Hopefully I'll make some this year because now I'm craving it hardcore!

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  2. Yum! I have only canned one time with my mom. But you're right, it's sort of relaxing in its own way! This looks delicious (and artistic).

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  3. I've been meaning to make jam for ages! This looks so good. I need to get into the baking spirit. Love the photos too x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  4. Loving "We're Jammin!" HaHaHa He took some really good pictures! It looks absolutely delicious Sara. You're so talented girl.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  5. I'm finally catching up on your blog and this post is AMAZING!! I LOVE that you did this!! I've always wanted to try jam but thought it was a bit overwhelming. I feel like homemade things like jam, pickles, etc. are the BEST gifts!!

    xo
    Rachel

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  6. I've never made jam before! It always looks so simple, but I don't think I've ever got through an entire jar of jam before it's gone mouldy haha.

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  7. Let's do a jam exchange! My peaches will be ready in a couple months! And I'll make you cactus fruit jam!!

    Lauren
    Sparrow & Urchin

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Talk nerdy to me.