Monday, November 9, 2015

How To Make Strawberry Jam

Last Saturday I made this very simple and delicious strawberry jam. Only two ingredients! It's refreshingly natural and so good, everyone in the family loved it. 

Don't ask me how this happened, but we've already finished our first jar which had been opened on Sunday. Ready to open the second one!

You will need. 

  • Strawberries
  • Sugar

I used 5 kilos (11 pounds) of strawberries and 1.5 kilos (3.3 pounds) of sugar. 

I prefer not so sweet jams. Other recipes add too much sugar for my taste. It depends on your preference and willingness to keep it healthy! Start with less sugar and try it. If you feel like it needs more sugar, you can always add more while it's cooking.

This is what 5 kilos of strawberries looked like!!

How to make it. 

Wash your strawberries and remove the calyx. Cut them into fours. If you are not feeling like cutting five kilos of strawberries, leave them as they are. You can always smash them while they are cooking. Cooking should be fun, not torture, right?

Put them into a big pan and turn on the stove. Add sugar. Mix and stir. 

Once it starts to boil, lower heat to a minimum. 

From now on keep an eye on the jam and stir with a wooden spoon, from time to time. It will take around 2 to 3 hours of slow cooking. Great for winter weekends! Your house will smell so good in the process!

One tip

The more sugar you add, the thicker the jam can get. Since I made it with low quantities of sugar, mine was leaning towards the liquidy side. Although I liked how mine turned out you may want to achieve the perfect consistency. In that case, I heard that, adding lemon juice helps form a denser jam. 

To test the consistency, grab a spoonful of jam, while it's cooking, let it cool on a plate. You can see the stage it's at when it reaches room temperature. If it's too liquid it may need more cooking time as well.

Sterilize your jars!

Here's a link to a quick video that will teach you how to sterilize jars.

Have you ever made jam from scratch? 

Enjoy the process! 

P.S. The Healthy Blueberry Muffins and The best lemon brownies I've ever had.

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