Strawberry jam

Best Strawberry Jam – No pectin. Just sugar and lemon. Ready in 15mins

I insist that you must choose the best British strawberries to make this jam! Their beautiful red colour will turn into a gleaming ruby red shade and taste heavenly when the jam is made.

I personally like the homemade touch of this gorgeous jam made by using only sugar and lemon juice. Lemon juice, acts as pectin, and make the taste of strawberries more pronounced.  Incredibly the combination of these three ingredients makes magic!

Check these tips out before you launch yourself in making this jam

Remember, never to exceed the cooking time

**5 mins to dissolve sugar

**15 minutes of boiling in high flame

**5/10 mins resting in the same pan to cool off. The heat in the same pan will gradually make the syrup thickens and turn it into jam!

If you fancy, a no bits jam, cut the strawberries into tiny pieces and crush them with your fingers. Or, else, after you finish making the syrup, crush using a hand blender. Do not attempt to crush the strawberries with a blender before making the jam because that will dull the beautiful red shade of the jam.

Before you start, place a metal spoon in the freezer. After rapid boiling and let the syrup rest for 5/10 mins drop a little syrup on the chilled spoon and check if it stays wobbly like jelly on the spoon or drips down. If it doesn’t drip down, voila! the consistency of your jam is perfect!

Ingredients needed:

 Juicy good quality strawberries washed and dried (stem removed) 800g
 White sugar 700g
 Lemon juice 1/2 lemon 
Change the quantities proportionately if you are taking a different weight of strawberries

Important tips – timings

  • 5 min – low flame – to dissolve the sugar
  • 15 min – high flame – to boil the syrup
  • 5/10 min – cool off in the same pan

Let’s make:

  • Cut the strawberries into small pieces. You can leave a few small whole strawberries or a few chunks. For a no bits jam, crush them with your fingers but do not use any blender as it will dull the natural red shade
  • Now drop sugar, lemon juice and strawberries into a wide, heavy bottom pan
  • Heat the pan under low flame for 5 mins allowing the sugar to dissolve
  • Give a good stir and increase the flame to high
  • Rapidly boil the syrup for exactly 15 mins while stirring now and again
  • Remove the scum from the top while it is boiling
  • Immediately after 15 min, give a good stir and switch the flame off
  • Let the jam sit in the pan just for 10 min or 05mins if you feel the syrup has boiled a little thicker. Do not worry, if the jam is too runny when completely cooled off, you can boil it again for 5/10 mins to thicken it.
  • Finally, empty the jam into prepared jars and let them cool off completely before storing them in the fridge
  • This jam can last up to 6 months in the fridge

You can use a funnel for a quick and easy job of filling the bottles with jam.

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Tip: If the jam is too runny, keep in the pan for a little longer or switch the flame on and heat up for 5 more minutes.

A very sweet afternoon tea time

  • Warm-up two crumpets in the microwave for 1 min
  • Spread butter generously
  • Now, spread a generous layer of jam on top
  • Yummy!
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Crumpets with butter and jam

Blackberry Jam – Homemade summer treat

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Now that the summer is at its peak, blackberries are bursting on every bush, basking in golden sunshine, looking plump and juicy, trailing along, arching to the paths.  On our daily walks on tiny paths running through shady woods, I cannot resist picking handfuls of juicy blackberries with my little son in tow; we both end up gobbling them up.  Afterwards, it is all giggles and sticking our tongues out to check whose is the more purplish!!

The other day, I picked a basket of blackberries from the brambles and made this beautiful jam. I mentioned ‘beautiful’ because of its rich blend of purple and magenta colours.  You can either pick them yourself for free or just buy a punnet or two from the supermarket to make this jam.

 Not much complications, not many ingredients and as easy as it sounds, this is a real treat for this summer!!

All you need are :

  • 350 g Plump and juicy blackberries
  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 1/4 lemon

Let’s make it:

  • Place blackberries  in a heavy bottom pan so that they wont easily burn out.
  • On medium flame let them boil for 3-4 mins.  You will see all the juices from the fruits run out and bubbles foam on the top.
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  • Add 350 g caster sugar and lemon.  Stir through.
  • On medium flame, let them bubble away for 8  mins.  Keep stirring.
  • Switch the flame off and let the jam cool off in the pan itself.
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  • Store in a glass bottle.
  • Enjoy on a buttered toast!!
  • Yummy !!

tip:

  • if you do not fancy the bits in it, mash the fruits with a wooden spoon while boiling.
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