Thyme to Make Jam

It’s strawberry season!  I don’t grow my own, but I do buy from a local farmer who sets up a stand in several surrounding towns to sell their strawberries.  My son has tried 3 days after school now to get them but they’ve been sold out.  Today he came home with them and so tonight I made Strawberry Thyme Jam.  I’m always looking for ways to incorporate herbs into my cooking and this sounded interesting.  Here’s the recipe:

Strawberry Thyme Jam

4 pints strawberries, stemmed and crushed (5 cups crushed)

7 cups sugar

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine or 1 teaspoon dried

1 box powdered pectin

1/2 teaspoon butter (optional)

Place strawberries in a 6-8 qt saucepan.  Add fresh thyme.  Stir one box fruit pectin into the strawberries and mix well.  Add butter to reduce foaming.  Bring to a rolling boil on high heat stirring constantly.  stir in sugar quickly and return to a full rolling boil for exactly one minute.  remove from heat and skim off any foam quickly.  Ladle into prepared jars, wipe off any excess jam on jar rims and threads.  Place lids and bands on tightly and process in boiling water bath 10 minutes. 

Yield:  About 8 cups

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