Jams and Jellies

Strawberry Maple Smooch

This sauce is lightly sweetened and flavored with maple syrup to give desserts a gentle kiss of maple sweetness. Spoon it over or under cake, frozen dessert, fruit salad, pancakes or French toast. Or, stir it into hot cereal to both sweeten and add flavour.


  • 4- 3/4 cups (1175 ml) puréed strawberries, about 8 cups (2 L) whole
  • 1 -1/2 cups (375 ml) maple syrup
  • 1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened apple juice
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 pkg (57 g) BERNARDIN® Original Fruit Pectin


  • Place 6 clean 250 ml mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner. Cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Keep jars hot until ready to use.

  • Preheating Bernardin® lids is not advised. The sealing compound used for our home canning lids performs better at room temperature than it does pre-heated in simmering water (180°F). Simply wash lids in hot, soapy water, dry, and set aside until needed. Preheating can lead to less vacuum being achieved during water bath canning, and to buckle failures during pressure canning.

  • Wash and hull strawberries. Working in small batches, purée berries in a food processor fitted with a metal blade just until smooth. Measure 4 3/4 cups (1175 ml) into a large, deep stainless steel saucepan. Add maple syrup, apple juice and lemon juice. Stirring frequently, bring mixture to a boil. Slowly whisk in Fruit Pectin, stirring until dissolved. Return mixture to a full boil and boil hard 1 minute. Remove from heat.

  • Ladle hot smooth into a hot jar to within 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more smooch. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining marmalade.

  • When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process –boil filled jars – 10 minutes.*

  • When processing time is complete, remove canner sealing disc, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.

  • After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.