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I've been canning for 40I've been canning for 40 years and this is a trick I've used to get the fruit more well distributed. Once removed from the water bath, allow the jam to cool to be able to handle, close to lukewarm. Then gently turn jam jars; be very careful. This will usually distribute the fruit more evenly. With very juicy fruit, like fresh picked strawberries, we often buy store bought berries (from California) that aren't as juicy and include those with our fresh picked (very juicy) berries. We also drain off some of the juice from the picked berries, saving it for strawberry lemonade! :) And my jam regularly wins ribbons at the fair so I must be doing something right (1st prize at the State Fair for strawberry this year)!

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