This was my first attempt at making jam and it didn't really go so well. It actually didn't turn into jam at all, and instead is more of a strawberry syrup. I don't really like the taste of it because it has an INSANE amount of sugar in it. Basically the recipe called for 8 cups of strawberries, 7 cups of sugar (!), and pectin. I'm looking into other recipes that are not quite so sugartastic.
Some mistakes that I made:
1. I left really big chunks of fruit. I learned afterwards that mashing up the fruit more will help release pectin that helps the jam set.
2. I used the recipe for powdered pectin but I used liquid pectin. While I was making the jam, I had no idea that there was even more than one kind of pectin. I mixed the pectin with the fruit in the very beginning, but liquid pectin is supposed to be added last.
3. I didn't do a test to make sure the jam had set. I thought that since I used pectin it would just magically fix itself.
So even though the jam itself didn't work, I am really excited that I managed to process the jars correctly and that they all sealed!