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The best strawberry jam

Monica Aug 9, 2011 01:42 PM

On my last trip to France, I purchased jars of jams from a local supermarket(either Intermarche or Monoprix). Among them is strawberry jam and oh my, it's the best tasting strawberry jam I've ever had with really good strawberry flavor and not so sweet. It was one of the more expensive ones in the supermarket and the jam is made with strawberries from Dordogne region which is famous for strawberries.
So my question is, any brand comparable here? I can't go back to Smuckers. ha.

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    Helene Goldberg Aug 14, 2011 12:20 AM

    Trader Joes Strawberry jam made with fresh strawberries. I like it better Hero, Bon Maman or any other. Their raspberry jam made with fresh fruit is great too.

    1. eclecticsynergy Aug 13, 2011 10:38 PM

      For mass market brands IMO the European ones beat the American ones. Bon Maman (French) and Hero (usually German sourced, I think) taste much better to me than Smucker's.

      Small batch commercial ones are even better, like the roadside stand ones.

      But nothing beats homemade, especially organic fresh picked...

      1. roxlet Aug 12, 2011 07:16 PM

        I get my strawberry jam from Briermier Farms on LI. Their strawberry jam lists two ingredients -- strawberries and sugar. It is truly excellent, and they ship.


        1. Monica Aug 10, 2011 08:17 AM

          I found some at Etsy.com ...maybe will give them a try.

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          1. re: Monica
            pellegrino31 Aug 12, 2011 02:57 PM

            Try American Spoon strawberry preserves. We first tried them from Zingerman's when we saw they were having a sale. It's delicious and we'd definitely buy again even if they were full price!

          2. ipsedixit Aug 9, 2011 08:17 PM

            Colorado Mountain

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              earthygoat Aug 9, 2011 06:42 PM

              My favourite strawberry jam to make is freezer jam. There is no cooking involved and the flavour is amazing! In the middle of winter, it's like taking a bite of summer.

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              1. re: earthygoat
                pine time Aug 10, 2011 07:42 AM

                Do you have a favorite recipe you can share?

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                  Jeri L Aug 10, 2011 02:21 PM

                  I think freezer jam is the best, too...but I'm lazy and buy this: http://www.sunfreshjam.com/

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                    earthygoat Aug 10, 2011 07:09 PM

                    Here's the recipe I use, but every box of pectin I've bought lately, has recipes for freezer/no cook jams. They are all yummy and super easy!

                    No-Cook Strawberry Jam (from Certo Light pectin)
                    4 cups thoroughly crushed strawberries
                    3 1/4 cups sugar
                    1 box Certo Light Pectin Crystals

                    Combine pectin crystals with 1/4 cup of the measured sugar. Add to prepared fruit in a large mixing bowl. Stir.

                    Let stand 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

                    Add rest of sugar and stir for 3 minutes.

                    Put into clean containers, let stand at room temperature for 24 hours to set, and freeze.

                    1. re: earthygoat
                      sarahjay Aug 12, 2011 08:24 AM

                      +1 for this recipe is fantastic. I also make freezer raspberry jam. It's great and easy.

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                  velochic Aug 9, 2011 04:14 PM

                  Honestly, nothing beats home made. I know that sounds like a cop-out, but it is so very, very simple to make and is truly divine. I do a lot of canning of my homegrown stuff and I'm sure there is an emotional attachment to growing something yourself, but it really does make a difference. The best strawberry jam, not just comparable to good french strawberry jam, but the best overall, *is* homemade. ;)

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                    smartie Aug 9, 2011 04:45 PM

                    yes to homemade, really easy, recently strawberries were on sale at $5 for 3lbs, I bought 9lbs and made about 7 jars of it. I don't use a recipe just make it by eye but I've been canning for about 25 years.

                    But the French made Bonne Mamman in probably the best store bought brand.

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                      Monica Aug 10, 2011 08:16 AM

                      Was never a really fan of Bonne Mamman...then I discovered that this brand was one of the cheaper supermarket brands in France. Whoever brought that jam from France in the beginning made a lot of money to Americans...=p

                    2. re: velochic
                      gordeaux Aug 9, 2011 05:57 PM

                      2nded for homemade WITH good berries. The fruit is what makes the jam, trust me. PLEASE trust me. I can buy conventional California or Florida strawberries for 69 cents a lb here right at the end of the season. I can double up on the strawberries for jam, but the flavor will come nowhere close to the flavor of the same recipe using strawberries from the patch down the road. I've given up on storebought, since I know where to get good berries, and the price + fun of homemade beats buying pre-made by a landslide. I've never really had a good store bought brand, but I'll bet some of the really pricey stuff is good (hopefully.)

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                        operagirl Aug 9, 2011 06:15 PM

                        Absolutely agree! Made a ton of strawberry jam last week, using teensy, organic strawberries I'd picked at Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport, California. They made all the difference. My friend gave some to his mother to try, and the next day she told me that "Everyone who has tried your jam is FREAKIN' OUT!" If that's not a ringing endorsement for using local, organic fruit, I don't know what is.

                      2. re: velochic
                        crowmuncher Aug 9, 2011 07:53 PM

                        yeah, we should make it at home; i remember making mango jelly and chutney once and it wasn't hard or expensive either. I should totally start doing that...

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                          GraydonCarter Aug 10, 2011 02:16 PM

                          You can get excellent homemade jams at farm stands and Amish markets. You don't necessarily need to make it yourself. I'm just saying.

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                            crowmuncher Aug 10, 2011 02:24 PM

                            i don't believe we have Amish markets in South Florida, but the rest of you may have them.

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                              GraydonCarter Aug 10, 2011 08:16 PM

                              Try Knaus Berry Farm (closed for the summer).

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                                crowmuncher Aug 10, 2011 08:40 PM

                                i looked them up and saw they are in Homestead? i love to go to Fruit n Spice park and Robert is Here. Are they (Knaus Berry) Amish? Not that it matters- just curious

                                1. re: crowmuncher
                                  GraydonCarter Aug 11, 2011 07:28 AM

                                  They're Dunkers


                                  Not that there's anything wrong with that...

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                                    crowmuncher Aug 11, 2011 08:34 AM

                                    Never in my life did i hear about dunkers. Thx very interesting graydon

                          2. re: velochic
                            Mother of four Aug 12, 2011 03:06 PM

                            I don't eat very much Jam, but my friend makes the freezer strawberry jam and always gives me a jar or two...just wonderful.

                          3. crowmuncher Aug 9, 2011 01:49 PM

                            don't have a favorite, but I always buy the ones that list "strawberries" as their first and therefore main ingredient; I'm sure the local markets in France have amazing jams. Just the jams in their restaurants are amazing because it's so fresh. I've been a Costco loyal customer because food has to LAST for me right on my tight budget. Their Kirkland brand is org and is actually made with strawberries. That jar will make a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (their org PB is good too by the way) :)


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