Choose the best British strawberries to make this jam and you will never be disappointed! 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 launching yourself into making jam
**Remember, never to exceed the boiling time
**5 mins to dissolve sugar
**15 minutes of boiling in high flame
**Let the jam rest in the same pan to cool off. The heat in the same pan will gradually make the syrup thicken and turn it into the right consistency of jam!
If you fancy, a no bits jam, cut the strawberries into tiny pieces and crush them with your fingers. Or, else, crush with a back of a potato masher and send the pulp through a sieve to avoid any bits. Do not attempt to crush the strawberries with a blender before making the jam because that will dull the beautiful red shade.
Before you start, place a metal spoon/plate in the freezer. After the boiling process is over, drop a little blob of syrup on the chilled spoon/plate 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!
|Juicy good quality strawberries washed and dried (stem removed)||800g|
|Lemon juice||1/2 lemon|
Important tips – timings
- 5 min – low flame – to dissolve the sugar
- 15 min – high flame – to boil the syrup
- Rest in the pan until completely cooled off
- 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 or a potato masher 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 until completely cools off.
- 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
- If you feel the syrup has boiled a little thicker, do not worry. immediately, transfer the jam into glass bottles instead of letting it cools off in the pan.
- If the jam is too runny when completely cooled off, you can boil it again for 5/10 mins to thicken it.
- The above two incidents could be resolved easily but if you boil the syrup too long, (over 20mins) the jam will be rock hard and nothing could be done to rescue it.
You can use a funnel to fill the bottles with jam
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
Using your beautiful homemade Strawberry Jam, why not make this gorgeous Victoria sponge cake?
Recipe link is given below: