Strawberry Vanilla Brown Sugar Jam Recipe

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This is a recipe that comes from necessity. I had a bunch of strawberries that were turning and I needed to do something with them. Larry suggested that I turn them into jam. I pulled out my Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving and found a recipe for strawberry jam. It has a variation that suggested using vanilla bean. Luckily I had some vanilla beans around so I decided this would make a lovely addition. As I began to get everything together I realized that I was almost out of sugar. I couldn’t find anything in the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving talking about substitutes for sugar, at least nothing I was OK with. So I did a quick search on line to see if you could use brown sugar in jam. I had plenty of that on hand. I found a recipe that mentioned using brown sugar with blueberries so I figured I’d give it a go and that is how I came up with this recipe.

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Strawberry Vanilla Brown Sugar Jam Recipe
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Serves: 7 jars

  • 7 cups of washed, hulled and mashed strawberries
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 cups brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons or 1 package pectin
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 vanilla bean, split

  1. Prepare your water canner or large pot filled with water and brought to a boil.
  2. Warm your canning jar.
  3. Have your lids and rings ready.
  4. Have your canning funnel ready.
  5. In an large pot add the strawberries and pectin, mix, add vanilla bean and bring to a boil.
  6. Add sugars all at once, add butter and return to a boil.
  7. Once the mixture reaches a boil that can not be stirred down cook for 1 minute longer.
  8. Quickly fill jars, screw on tops and process in water bath for 10 minutes or per your canners instructions.

This makes the perfect jam for fresh bread, is delicious over vanilla ice cream and it makes every peanut butter and jelly sandwich special. My boys love it and ask for it on their toast for breakfast. It is also perfect as a gift.

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  1. Those ingredients sound like a perfect combination!
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  2. This sounds soooooo yummy. I would eat it with a spoon!
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  3. This looks so good!
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  4. This is the way I cook all the time… mad scientist style….lol Your jam recipe sounds better to me than a typical one.
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  5. Oh yum! Pinning for later!
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  6. How neat! Never heard of using brown sugar in homemade jam/jelly. Looks delicious.
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  7. Yum, Yum, YUm!!!! Looks amazing.
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  8. This sounds really good.
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  9. That sounds great! I’ve never made jam but I really want to try this.
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  10. Iiii this looks amazing! I love it thanks :)
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  11. I want to lick the screen on my monitor. YUMMY. I’m always so afraid to try canning – I may have to though. I may have to.

  12. I would love to make homemade jam!
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  13. Oh, I can’t wait until the Oregon strawberries are ready. I am so going to make some jam.
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  14. Sounds awesome.

  15. This sounds delicious! I love adding jam to yogurt must make this!
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  16. I have never made my own jam. This looks amazing!
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  17. Yum! This looks great! Thanks for sharing!
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  18. I’ve not tried making my own jam yet — we don’t really use it that often to warrant it — but I’d love to attempt it!
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  19. This looks and sounds delicious. I just pinned it so I can make it myself.
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  20. This just sounds divine! I must try it out!
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  21. mmm this would be something the whole family would enjoy.
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  22. Yummmmms
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  23. This sounds very good!!

  24. the perfect treat love it
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  25. That looks sooo good.

  26. Sounds like an awesome recipe. Looks great!
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  27. Maryann, this jam looks amazing! And I love these new bigger photos!
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  28. Looks great, I haven’t made jam in years. Maybe this year…
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  29. This looks yummy. We love homemade jam!

  30. Will have to pass this on to my mom. She is making her own strawberry jam right now too.
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  31. This looks so refreshing!
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  32. This sounds amazing!
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  33. This looks incredible!
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  34. This looks so good. I am drooling over here.

  35. This looks and sounds delicious!

  36. That looks so amazing!
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  37. I am suddenly craving strawberry jam!
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  38. Thsi sounds so good!!!
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  39. Everything about this jam sounds incredibly good!
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  40. Looks so good!

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  42. The vanilla sounds like a nice addition!
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  43. Strawberries are so cheap right now too!

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