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Aug 9, 2011 01:42 PM

The best strawberry jam

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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  1. 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) :)

    1. 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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      1. re: velochic

        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.

        1. re: smartie

          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

          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.)

          1. re: gordeaux

            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

            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...

            1. re: velochic

              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.

              1. re: GraydonCarter

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

                1. re: crowmuncher

                  Try Knaus Berry Farm (closed for the summer).

                  1. re: GraydonCarter

                    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: GraydonCarter

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

              2. re: velochic

                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. 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

                  Do you have a favorite recipe you can share?

                  1. re: pine time

                    I think freezer jam is the best, too...but I'm lazy and buy this:

                    1. re: pine time

                      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

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

                    1. I found some at ...maybe will give them a try.

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                      1. re: Monica

                        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!