Today, I canned 4 quarts of fresh picked strawberries and made 10 pints of strawberry jam.
I have made strawberry jam for several years now, but I made it differently this year as I have been eating differently. I am making a conscience effort to cut out as much sugar as I can on a daily basis and eating no processed food. Thus far I have lost more than 20 pounds and I really do feel good. No stomach bloating or pain, more energy and dropping pant sizes quicker than I could have imagined without exercise. (Honestly, I'm saving exercise for when I plateau and need that bump to keep losing)
In the past I have made most of my jam with Splenda to cut down on the sugar content. Its very tasty and better for you than using the 8 cups of sugar it calls for making a regular batch. BUT this time I thought I would try no sugar and some raw honey. So far it tastes wonderful. I traditionally make the last pint as a sample jar and eat it on bread while its still warm. Its a bit tangy and tart but it has the delicious flavor of a strawberry still there. Often when you put the called for amount of sugar in the jams I feel like they are just so sweet you really lose that true fruit flavor.
Warm jam on bread.. YUM!