Savory Strawberry Balsamic and Cracked Black Pepper Jam

We are finally into spring and May is one of my two favorite months of the year. I love the luscious color of the grass and the deeper green taken on by the tree's foliage. 

Farmer's markets seem to just spring to life.

And strawberries are in season! A couple years ago I came across this wonderful homemade jam recipe from the beautiful blog Honey & Jam.  I loved the idea of making a savory sweet flavored spread.

This is a rather easy recipe to execute. First rinse and hull your berries and then chop them into smaller pieces. Then in a smaller pot add...

5 cups of chopped strawberries 
3 1/2 cups of sugar 
1 - 2 (depending on how much heat you prefer) teaspoons of cracked black pepper 
6 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 
1 tablespoon butter 
I also use one packet of unsweetened fruit pectin

Heat ingredients in the pot until they begin to meld together. Simmer on the stove for about 15 to 20 minutes, until mixture becomes translucent and thickens.

Ladle the hot jam into prepared jars, and then making sure the rims are clean, place the lid on top and screw on the ring. Set jars aside and wait until you hear the "ping", this means your jars are sealed.

Once cooled you can enjoy this delicious jam. Actually right after I shot these pictures I had the jam with cream cheese...sooooo yummy! You can also try it on an English muffin with a few strips of bacon to add even more of a savory salty taste.

I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful spring week!

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  1. This look so yummy!!! I bet it would taste really good on a scone for tea time!

  2. Wow, is it really that easy? Sounds so good! How many jars did it make? The pictures are amazing.

  3. Oh, yummy, Barbara. Hope you had a good time off and will see you tomorrow. Love when Farmer's Markets are in full swing..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  4. Yum! I bet it is delicious! xx Maria

  5. I have always wanted to try and make jam, and this recipe looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh I am pinning this recipe! My husband is a fan of black pepper so this is right up his alley. Thank you for sharing.

  7. This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  8. Thanks for the recipe - it sounds wonderful. I am going to make some - thank so much for sharing.


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