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I had a bunch of strawberries that were on their way out, so it was either freeze them for smoothies or make jam! This kind of jam (that lasts about 10 days in the fridge) is super simple. Just put all the ingredients in a pot and simmer them until it’s thick - this recipe makes one small jar. Stir occasionally - it should take about 45 minutes to get to jam consistency. As it cools, it gets thicker, too. The balsamic adds a nice kick that makes it a perfect compote for cheese and crackers at cocktail hour. (I also put it on greek yogurt with nuts which is pretty tasty!)

By Erin Gleeson for The Forest Feast