My husband and I have fun picking fruit. We ended up with too many strawberries, so it was time to make jam, inspired by a mojito recipe. —Erica Ingram, Lakewood, Ohio
8 cups fresh strawberries, hulled
1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
1/3 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon butter
7 cups sugar
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
4 teaspoons grated lime zest
Rinse nine 1-cup plastic or freezer-safe containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.
In a small bowl, thoroughly crush strawberries, 1 cup at a time, to measure exactly 5 cups; transfer to a 6-qt. stockpot. Stir in pectin, lime juice and butter. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar; return to a full rolling boil. Boil and stir 1 minute. Immediately stir in basil and lime zest.
Immediately fill all containers to within 1/2 in. of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours.
Jam is now ready to use. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 12 months. Thaw frozen jam in refrigerator before serving.