I made this jam for the first time last summer when our strawberry patch was producing way more than we could keep up with fresh. This jam quickly became one of our favorites. This honey sweetened strawberry vanilla jam is at once full of warming flavor and bright sweet summer.
Strawberries are a low pectin fruit and will need help setting into a jam. Generally, recipes add tons of sugar to help fruit set but I wanted to avoid that here to let the strawberries shine, so I chose to add some Pomona's Pectin to get the jam to set. I added a touch of honey to sweeten it slightly and bring out more of the strawberries natural flavor without turning it into a candy.
We ran out far too quickly this past winter and I know I'll be making several batches this summer when the berries come ripe. Make extra, it makes a great gift.
Strawberries will sometimes float to the top of the jam. This is completely normal and happens often in strawberry jam of any kind. Just give it a stir when you open the jar prior to spreading.