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The only ingredients are strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and pectin. (Plus about 5 or 6 hours of my time, lots of water and the gas for the stove.) I’m gonna check on prices when I go back to the store, and see if I can figure out how much a jar cost me in materials. Not that it matters…the taste makes it worth more than anything you’ll find at Food Emporium.
Update: Surprisingly enough, a pint (16 oz.) jar cost just pennies over $2 to make. A 32 oz. jar of Smuckers jam at my local Harris Teeter is $4.39. Not only is that slightly more than my homemade stuff, but Smuckers is full of high-fructose corn syrup. Even the expensive "all-fruit" preserves have unrelated ingredients like clarified pear juice. I didn't do this to save money, but what a nice little bonus, eh?