Eats: Strawberry Rhubarb Jam8:55 AM
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.
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.
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.