Sunday, June 5, 2016

Strawberry Balsamic Rosemary Jam

Summertime is the time to make great jams, jellies, and preserves to enjoy the summer harvest year round.  I love making different jams that use ingredients that compliment and bring out the flavors of the various fruits. This jam has a wonderfully rich strawberry flavor with just a hint of rosemary and pepper.  The balsamic vinegar does wonders for enhancing the flavor of the strawberries.

In this recipe, I combine strawberries with balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and a dash of black pepper.  The result is truly amazing and delicious.  I used about three pounds of fresh strawberries, sugar, balsamic vinegar, rosemary and black pepper.  I cooked the mixture until the jam passed the cold plate test.  Plates are put in the freezer and as the jam starts to thicken, a small amount is placed on the plate.  I put the plate back in the freezer for about 2 minutes and ran my finger down the center of the jam.  If the jam stayed separated, it was done.  Important note:  When doing this test be sure you remove the jam from the heat. Here is an additional link from the kitchn to make sure your jam sets.   It describes 7 different tests for jam doneness.

Once the jam is set, I ladled the jam into sterilized pint jars.  You will need 5 for this recipe.  I then wiped the rim of the jars, sealed and put the ring on the jars.  I then processed the jam in a water bath for 10 minutes. 

Once the water bath was done, I removed the jars and let them cool.  The jam was ready to enjoy. 

Strawberry Balsamic Rosemary Jam
3 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl.  Stir and mix well.  Let the berries sit until the strawberries release some juice.  Place 2 plates in the freezer.

2. Place the strawberries in a large non-reactive skillet.  On medium high heat, bring the mixture to a boil stirring often.

3. Reduce heat and boil strawberries until mixture thickens - about 30 minutes. Conduct a jam doneness test.   Remember to remove the jam from the heat.   Remove a plate from freezer and drop some jam on the plate.  Return the plate to the freezer for 2 minutes.  Remove the plate and run your finger down the center of the jam.  If the jam separates and doesn't run together  immediately, the jam is done.   Repeat test if necessary.

4. Ladle the jam into pint -size sterilized jar.  Wipe the rim with a clean damp cloth.  Seal and put the rings on the jars.
5. Process the jam in a water bath for 10 minutes.  Remove the jars from the bath and let them cool.

Makes 5 pints



  1. That sounds amazing! I love the combo of strawberry, rosemary and balsamic. Wonderful!

  2. I'm definitely going to score some strawberries today so I can make this!!!!!!