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Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Jam
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
This Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Jam is perfect with cheese and charcuterie, for a sandwich spread, a grilling glaze and much more! It also makes a fantastic gift paired with a log of goat cheese and some nice crackers and we're offering free printable labels to adorn the jars!
Course: Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Jelly
Servings: 128 servings
Calories: 45 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
Ingredients
  • 4 ½ cups prepared fruit you’ll need to purchase about 2 quarts of fully ripe strawberries to equal 4½ cups of the prepared (crushed fruit)
  • ½ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1.75 ounces 49g1 box powdered fruit pectin (I use SureJell in the yellow box)
  • ½ teaspoon butter
  • 7 cups sugar
  • tablespoons freshly ground black pepper don't try to use regular fine-ground pepper as your jam will get murky.
Instructions
For jam that will be processed with a hot water bath (for shelf stability):
  1. Bring boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in a saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

  2. Stem and crush strawberries thoroughly, one layer at a time (I use a potato masher for this). Measure exactly 4½ cups of prepared fruit and the balsamic vinegar into a large saucepan (at least 6-8 quarts).

  3. Add the powdered pectin to the strawberries in the saucepan and stir to combine. Add butter (to reduce foaming).

  4. Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) over high heat, stirring frequently.

  5. Stir in sugar and return the mixture to a full rolling boil. Continue to boil for exactly one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off any foam with a metal spoon.

  6. Add 1 tablespoon of the fresh ground black pepper and stir to combine. Take a little taste (careful, as it will be hot!) and add more pepper, if desired.

  7. Ladle into the prepared jars, filling to within ¼ inch of the tops. Wipe jar rims and threads.

  8. Cover the jars tightly with two-piece lids. Screw the bands on tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if needed.)

  9. Cover the pot and bring water to a gentle boil. Continue to boil for 10 minutes.

  10. Remove jars and place them upright on a towel to cool completely. After the jars cool, check the seals by pressing the middle of the lids with a finger. (If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

For jam that will be stored in the refrigerator (good for 2-3 weeks) or freezer (good for up to a year):
  1. Wash the jars with hot soapy water, rinse well and set on a clean kitchen towel to dry.

  2. Stem and crush strawberries thoroughly, one layer at a time (I use a potato masher for this). Measure exactly 4½ cups of prepared fruit and the balsamic vinegar into a large saucepan (at least 6-8 quarts).

  3. Add the powdered pectin to the strawberries in a saucepan and stir to combine. Add butter (to reduce foaming).

  4. Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) over high heat, stirring frequently.

  5. Stir in sugar and return the mixture to a full rolling boil. Continue to boil for exactly one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off any foam with a metal spoon.

  6. Add 1 tablespoon of the fresh ground black pepper and stir to combine. Take a little taste (careful, as it will be hot!) and add more pepper, if desired.

  7. Ladle into the prepared jars, filling to within ¼ inch of the tops. Wipe jar rims and threads.

  8. Cover jars tightly with lids and allow to sit at room temperature, undisturbed for 24 hours then refrigerate or freeze as desired.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips to ensure success.

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This recipe yields 8 8-ounce jars of jam.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Jam
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 45 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 8mg0%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 2IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.