1wash all the strawberries, and cut out the stem. quarter them and place in crock pot. use a potato masher to mash the strawberries and to create some liquid. if you don't have a potato masher use the hand mixer.
2add the sugar and pectin and smash some more. cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours. i used one box of pectin because that is what i bought.
3after about 10 hours, if the berries are still not jelling the way that you would like them to, add another 1/2 box to a full box of pectin. you can test the jell by putting a small amount in the freezer about 5 minutes.
4place finished product in hot canning jars or tupper wares to give away as gifts. keep your jam in the freezer if you like it to top toast and sandwiches, or in the refrigerator for more of a syrup or ice cream topping.