Strawberry Jam Made Easy

I picked our strawberry patch this past summer. Often. And make quick strawberry jam all year long!

Think you could turn these frozen strawberries into yummy Strawberry Jam in just 5 minutes? I can, and I did. And it’s soooooo easy and yummy!

I don’t use sugar as my sweetener, I used a mix of stevia and erythritol, [no xylitol here, we have a pooch who sometimes gets food crumbs] called “Gentle Sweet“. I purchase it, online, from Sweet and Sprouted here in Canada. [no affiliate link here, just a good shopping experience].

Back to the recipe. You see, I picked our strawberry patch this past summer. Often. And ate a lot of them fresh from the garden.

Strawberries

I also washed, and froze, a LOT of strawberries. Strawberry smoothies, strawberries in yogurt, strawberry muffins, strawberry shortcake. You get the idea, we ate a LOT of them. And I shared a lot of them with friends and family, too.

The frozen strawberries that I have left were getting freezer burn. My jam “stash” is depleted this wet December. So I took some time yesterday morning and whipped up a batch of jam. Jam set up beautifully. I love it, and it’s good for you!!

I used 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice to 4 cups frozen strawberries. I added a tablespoon of Baobab Boost powder, for a zingy shot of Vitamin C. And I began to cook the strawberries. While they were cooking, I bloomed about 2 tablespoons Gelatin and added it to the mix, along with 1 tablespoon chia seeds. Sweeten to taste [less than 1/4 cup for this small batch]. Mash with masher rather than using a blender, for I find a blender makes a foam I do not like. Cooking the strawberries for about 5 minutes before mashing is about all I do, for I like some chunks of strawberry in my jams.

I freeze my jams, so I don’t fuss with much else other than putting it into jars once I cooked them. I put 3/4 cup jam per small jar, put the lid on, and let it cool on the counter, then in the fridge overnight.

At first it looked like it would not “set”, but this morning, atop my home made bread turned into toast, it was divine! I use this bread recipe for my bread and I find it likes my waistline better than a glutenous loaf I bake for hubs. I can post my glutenous loaf bread recipe in one of my later posts. For now, enjoy my jam recipe.

Impostor Syndrome

We all may know at least one person who feels they are inadequate, that they are impostors.

I came across this term recently, Impostor Syndrome. It affects up to 70% of people, this feeling like they are fakes. 

  • These people are the ones who cannot seem to own their successes. 
  • People who set high expectations for themselves, and feel like failures when they don’t achieve 100% of those expectations. 
  • People who feel they need to know every piece of information before they start a project. 
  • People who prefer to work alone, who feel that to ask for help equates to being a failure. 
  • People who feel stressed when not accomplishing something. 

Impostor Syndrome affects both men and women. 

“…Some experts believe it has to do with personality traits—like anxiety or neuroticism—while others focus on family or behavioral causes, Ervin explains. Sometimes childhood memories, such as feeling that your grades were never good enough for your parents or that your siblings outshone you in certain areas, can leave a lasting impact…” more info here:

https://time.com/5312483/how-to-deal-with-impostor-syndrome

Dr. Valerie Young, the internationally recognized expert on Impostor Syndrome. https://impostorsyndrome.com/10-steps-overcome-impostor/, in this article, gives 10 steps to overcoming the Imposter Syndrome, including:

  • separating fact from feeling [just because you feel stupid, it doesn’t mean you are stupid].
  • Visualize Your Success. [like professional athletes]
  • Fake it ’til you make it. [You don’t have to believe it at first.]
  • Give yourself a pat on the back! [You did well].

Thinking your way out of Imposter Syndrome. 

We all may know at least one person who feels they are inadequate, that they are impostors. These people need tools to break the cycle of Imposter Syndrome.