Strawberry Jam

you can’t beat this homemade preserve
You can’t beat this homemade preserve
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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1kg Strawberries hulled
750g Jam sugar
juice 1 Lemon
small knob of Butter

Nutritional information

43
Calories
2g
fat
6.5g
carbohydrate
0.6g
protein
4mg
cholesterol
14mg
sodium
Ingredients

Strawberry Jam

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My kids are obsessed with jam – Strawberry Jam in particular. They simply love the stuff and I found I was buying a jar or two every week. I started to worry about what was in mass produced jam and I decided to start making my own so that I knew exactly what was in each jar. It made me feel a bit better about all the PB&J sandwiches my kids eat! Making jam is not hard and you don’t need many ingredients, but it does require a bit of forward planning and organisation. You’ll also need a candy thermometer.

This recipe requires preparing the strawberries and leaving them overnight to macerate. Maceration is a technique used to soften fruit. In this recipe, macerating the strawberries helps the sugar to dissolve. It also ensures that the fruit keeps its shape and vibrant color.

To make the Strawberry Jam, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Strawberry Jam

So, how do you make Strawberry Jam?

Steps to make Strawberry Jam

1
Done
10

Clean and hull the strawberries

Hull the strawberries by removing any stems. Using a damp paper towel, clean the strawberries. Don’t wash them as they will absorb extra water and this will affect how the jam sets.

2
Done
12h

Macerate the strawberries

Cut any large strawberries in half. Leave small ones whole. Place the strawberries in a large bowl and sprinkle in the sugar. Toss to coat the strawberries. Leave the bowl at room temperature and uncovered overnight (minimum 12 hours).

3
Done
10

Gently cook the strawberries

Add the macerated strawberries and lemon juice to a large pot. Cook gently over a low heat until the sugar has fully dissolved. Be patient and allow the sugar to dissolve fully or it could affect how the jam sets.

4
Done
10

Bring to a boil

When you are sure that there are no longer any grains of sugar in the fruit, turn the heat up to high and bring the jam to a boil.

5
Done
10

Boil

Allow the jam to boil for 5-10 mins until it reaches 221 °F on a candy thermometer

6
Done
1

Skim the top

Foam may gather on top of the jam as it boils. At the end of the cooking process, skim the foam with a spoon and discard.

7
Done
1

Add butter

Add a knob of butter to the jam and stir well. This will help to dissolve any remaining foam on the surface.

8
Done
15

Allow the jam to stand

Allow the jam to stand for around 15 minutes to ensure even distribution of the fruit.

9
Done
10

Sterilise the jam jars

While the jam is resting, sterilise the jars that you are going to use.

10
Done
5

Add to jars

Using a ladle, spoon the jam into warm sterilised jars. Fill the jars almost to the top. Leave a small gap just below the rim. Place a wax paper disc on top of the jam and cover with a cellophane circle and elastic band or a lid.

11
Done
1 year

Store

The jam can be stored for up to 1 year in a cool, dry place but it only lasts a few weeks in my house! Refrigerate after opening.

12
Done

Serve

I love to add this homemade jam to hot buttered toast.

This pure fruit Strawberry Jam is easy to make and tastes way better than store bought jams. Try it out and make sure you post a #cookmerecipes photo of your pretty jam jars!

Lilly is an enthusiastic and cheerful young mom. She knows as well as any parent that children can be really picky when it comes to food. And she’s had plenty of experience trying to cook meals that are both tasty and nutritious, and able to satisfy the tastes of a fussy kid right away! To save you some precious time, Lilly's going to share with you all the tricks she learned the hard way, so you don’t have to! She has a wealth of recipes for quick and easy meals for kids and families on a budget.

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Athina

Yummy-yummy! Lilly, thanks for sharing this recipe!

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