This jam is something a little different, but I knew I really wanted to try it. I had seen a few recipes here and there, and decided to put together a few ingredients that appeal to me, and see how it went from there. This jam has the same sweetness that your favorite strawberry jam might have, but it also has the hidden kick of balsamic vinegar and black pepper. I love it. It is perfect on a cracker topped with a slice of cheese.
- 6 cups of strawberries, washed, hulled and cut up
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or up to a tsp if your pepper isn't very hot)
- 1-57 gram package of pectin (powder form)
- 2 tablespoons butter
Place berries in a large pot. Mash using a potato masher.
Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar and package of pectin. Stir into berries.
While stirring constantly, bring the mixture up to a boil.
Add the remaining 2 1/2 cups of granulated sugar, and bring back up to a boil. Allow mixture to boil hard for 1 minute.
Stir in butter until melted. Stir in Balsamic vinegar and black pepper.
Pour hot jam into clean, sterilized jars and either process in a hot water bath, or allow to cool completely before placing in the freezer.