Step 1: Things You'll Need
         Step 2: Strawberry Goodness
         Step 3: Stir and Cook
         Step 4: Stir Again
         Step 5: Test It Out
         Step 6: Cool It
         Step 7: Make Fun Shapes
         Step 8: Spread It On
         Step 9: Your Little Bear Will Think It's Berry, Berry Good!

        Ingredients

        • 1 bag (16 ounces) frozen whole strawberries or mixed berries
        • ⅓ to ½ cup sugar (depending on the sweetness of the fruit)
        • Juice of ½ a lemon
        • Whole grain sandwich bread
          Prep Time: 5 min
          Cook Time: 14 min
          Makes: 1 ½ cups of jam
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        "Beary" Good Berry Jam!

        These sweet sandwiches are simple to make. The only thing you need for your homemade jam is fruit, sugar, and love.

        Step 1: Things You'll Need

        Gather these ingredients to make Baby Bear's Strawberry Jam Sammies.

        Step 2: Strawberry Goodness

        Stir together the strawberries and sugar in a 2 quart microwavable measuring cup or casserole dish. Microwave uncovered on HIGH for 2 minutes.

        Step 3: Stir and Cook

        Stir and cut the large berries into small pieces. Add the lemon juice and stir. Return to the microwave and cook 5 minutes.

        Step 4: Stir Again

        Stir and return mixture to the microwave and cook 5 more minutes. Watch the mixture and stir again once or twice, if needed, to prevent the jam from boiling over.

        Step 5: Test It Out

        To test the thickness of the jam, put a spoonful on a small saucer and place it in the freezer for a minute. This is about how thick your jam will be when cooled. If you want thicker jam, microwave 2 to 4 more minutes, stirring as necessary.

        Step 6: Cool It

        Allow the jam to cool. Pour it into storage containers. Jam will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer up to 4 months.
        Little Hands Tip: Talk about why the jam will keep longer in the freezer.

        Step 7: Make Fun Shapes

        When jam is completely cooled, make the sammies. Put slices of bread on a cutting board. Cut shapes from the bread using assorted cookie cutters.
        Little Hands Tip: Name the shapes as you cut them out.

        Step 8: Spread It On

        Spread the jam on the bread shapes.
        Little Hands Tip: Count each shape as you add the jam.

        Step 9: Your Little Bear Will Think It's Berry, Berry Good!

        Enjoy this yummy snack anytime! Try making the jam from blueberries or raspberries, too.

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