Strawberry Vanilla Jam

Vanilla – one of my favorite flavors this year.  I never realized the impact vanilla could have on a recipe until I bought some good quality REAL vanilla.  This jam recipe calls for the best – vanilla beans.   I’ve used vanilla beans before in cheesecakes and what a difference it makes.  I’ve now started adding vanilla in my coffee and protein shakes…..yummy!

Combining these two flavors together in a jam is delicious.  The vanilla flavor really stands out and takes ordinary strawberry jam to the next level.

Strawberry Vanilla Jam

6 cups crushed strawberries

1 pkg. light fruit pectin crytals

4 1/2 cups white granulated sugar

2  vanilla beans

Mix pectin crystals with 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the sugar; stir into berries. Scrape seeds from the vanilla beans; stir into berries along with vanilla pods.  Bring to full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon. Add remaining sugar and return to full rolling boil; boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat. Skim off foam with metal spoon. Discard vanilla pods.

Using funnel and 1/2-cup (125 mL) measure, fill hot 1-cup (250 mL) canning jars, leaving 1/4-inch (5 mm) headspace. Remove any air bubbles, readjusting headspace if necessary.  If necessary, wipe rims. Cover with prepared lids. Screw on bands until resistance is met; increase to fingertip tight.  Boil in boiling water canner for 10 minutes.

Makes 8-1cup (250mL) jars of jam.

Enjoy!

Recipe:  Adapted From Canadian Living
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