Spiced Strawberry Jam Recipe for Gifts in a Jam - Makes 6 Eight-ounce Jars

 strawberry jamThis spiced strawberry jam recipe is an easy recipe to make and ideal for gifts in a jar. The strawberries are combined with apple juice and mace and give the jam a lovely flavor.

Making this homemade strawberry jam is even more of a treat when given as a gift with some freshly baked homemade bread.

Spiced Strawberry Jam Recipe

 4 cups strawberries, washed and hulled
4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
2 ounces powdered fruit pectin
3/4 cup apple juice

Crush strawberries, a layer at a time, in a large glass bowl. You should end up with 2 cups. Stir in sugar and mace. Let stand until sugar dissolves about 15 minutes.

Bring pectin and apple juice to boiling in a small saucepan. Boil hard for 1 minute. Stir into strawberries and continue stirring for 3 minutes, although some sugar crystals will still remain.

Ladle quickly into 6 hot sterilized 8-ounce jars. Seal and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Label, date and freeze until you are ready to give your homemade gifts away.

Decorate your gift jars with fabric and ribbons. If you want a more natural look you can use raffia or you can cover the jars with pretty autumn leaves and decorate mason jars with dried berries and nuts.