Home-canned Strawberry Balsamic Jelly makes for a delicious alternative to making the same old “strawberry jam” every year.
You can make this with sugar or an alternative sweetener of your choice.
NOTE for time planning: This recipe has a 2 hour pause in it while the juice drains off the cooked berries.
Jar size choices: Either 125 ml (½ cup / 4 oz) OR quarter-litre (½ US pint / 250 ml / 8 oz)
Processing method: Water bath or steam canning
Yield: 5 x quarter-litre (½ US pint) jars
Headspace: 1 cm (¼ inch)
Processing time: Either size jar 10 minutes
Strawberry Balsamic Jelly
- 2 kg strawberries (4 lbs)
- 125 ml water (½ cup / 4 oz)
- 1 teaspoon butter (or margarine. Optional)
- 4 teaspoons Pomona pectin (12 g)
- 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (60 ml)
- 200 g sugar (white. OR 1 cup / 8 oz OR 125 ml honey (½ cup / 4 oz) or 1 cup / 200g Splenda OR 1 - 2 teaspoons liquid stevia)
- 4 teaspoons calcium water
- Wash strawberries, hull them.
- Put into a large pot with the water.
- Optional: add a teaspoon of butter or margarine to reduce foaming.
- Cover, bring to a boil over high heat, then lower to a simmer, covered for 2 to 4 minutes stirring frequently.
- Remove from heat, mash right in the pot.
- Transfer to cheese cloth or a jelly bag and suspend over a bowl or large jug for about 2 hours to let juice drip off.
- You want to end up with about 1 litre (4 cups / 32 oz) of strawberry juice.
- You can freeze the pulp for another use including adding to batches of jam or pie fillings.
- LIQUID SWEETENERS (HONEY, AGAVE, LIQUID STEVIA, ETC): See special directions below before proceeding further.
- DRY SWEETENERS (SUGAR, SPLENDA, POWDERED STEVIA, ETC): Mix the pectin powder with the sugar in a small bowl or a measuring cup, set aside. Add the calcium water to the pot. Bring pot contents to a boil, then add pectin mixture.
- ALL SWEETENERS: Add balsamic vinegar to mixture in pot. When pot returns to a boil, let boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat.
- Ladle into 125 ml (4 oz) or ¼ litre (½ US pint / 8 oz) jars.
- Leave 1 cm ( ¼ inch) headspace.
- Debubble, adjust headspace if needed.
- Wipe jar rims.
- Put lids on.
- Process in a water bath or steam canner.
- Process jars for 10 minutes; increase time as needed for your altitude.
Liquid sweetener directions (agave, honey, liquid stevia, etc.)
- Bring the juice back to a boil, either in a pot or in a microwave. (Mind the surge when removing from microwave.)
- Put half of the heated juice into a blender, along with the pectin, and blend carefully (cover top of blender with a towel to prevent hot surge. (See recipe notes below if multiplying the batch.)
- Put the blender mixture in a pot.
- Put the rest of the juice in the blender, whiz it to pick up more of the pectin with the same towel safety precaution, and pour that into pot. (The two steps help to get most of the pectin out of the blender.)
- Bring pot to a boil. Add the calcium water, and the liquid sweetener.
- Bring back to a boil, and proceed from canning directions above starting at step 11.
How to water bath process.
How to steam can.
When water-bath canning or steam canning, you must adjust the processing time for your altitude.
For stevia, Better Stevia liquid stevia was the stevia used.
Information about Pomona pectin.
More information about Sugar and Salt-Free Canning in general.
Strawberry-Balsamic Jelly. In: Duffy, Allison Carroll. Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press. 2013. Page 102.
You can make this with sugar (36 calories per 2 tablespoons) or cut those calories in half by making it sugar-free (17 calories per 2 tablespoons.)
Per 2 tablespoons:
- 36 calories, 10 mg sodium
Per 2 tablespoons:
- 17 calories, 10 mg sodium
* Nutrition info provided by https://caloriecount.about.com
* Better Stevia ® is a registered trademark of the NOW Foods Company.