With a potato masher, crush enough strawberries to measure 2 cups, with the juices. You may need as many as 5 cups whole strawberries to make 2 cups crushed. Thoroughly mix in sugar. Combine water and pectin in saucepan. Bring to boil and boil 1 minute exactly, stirring constantly. Stir pectin mixture into strawberries; continue stirring 3 minutes. Ladle quickly into sterilized freezer jars or containers, allowing 1/4-inch headspace (space between the top of the jam and the cover). Cover lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Store in freezer. If jam is to be used with 2 or 3 weeks, store in refrigerator. Makes about 2 1/2 pints.
Note: If you have leftover crushed strawberries beyond the 2 cups for the jam, use it to top ice cream or add to other fruits and make a smoothie.
Tip: To sterilize jars, wash jars and lids thoroughly in hot, soapy water. Put jars and lids in a pot of hot (not boiling) water to cover by a few inches. Bring the water to a boil and boil jars for 10 minutes.
Or stand washed jars and lids (open side up) on a baking sheet and put in a preheated 175-degree F. oven for 25 minutes.
Recipe adapted from the California Strawberry Commission
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