This is a recipe I have used for years and it is a favorite it has a tart fruity flavor with a tang which I believe comes from the combination of the lemon juice and the grated green apple. Last year more of the strawberries were left whole than this year and I think I like it better that way. One can manipulate the consistency of the jam by how long it is cooked. This is a no fuss recipe which is easy to make.
5 1/4 pound of strawberries or 6 pints
3 cups of sugar
Juice and zest of one lemon
1 large grated green apple
Wash and slice the strawberries
Macerate the strawberries and sugar for an hour and longer. The fruit should have rendered their juices
Put in a large tall pot , add the grated apple, zest and lemon juice.
Bring to a rolling boil on high heat stirring to prevent burning.
Turn to medium heat and continue to cook until the jam reaches your desired consistency. I cooked mine for about 25 minutes.
Turn off the heat and immediately ladle the jam into prepared jars and seal according to the manufacture's instructions.
This amount yields 4 to 5 pints of jam.