Saturday, 2 November 2013

Strawberry Jam



Making Strawberry Jam

Strawberry jam is one of Andy's favourites, so as I was on a jam-making kick, I bought a big crate of strawberries to expand my repertoire. As usual, I used grated apple instead of adding pectin separately; if you grate it finely, it doesn't affect the texture of the final product.

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Making Strawberry Jam

Making Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam Recipe

450g (2lb) strawberries
½ cooking apple
3tbsp lemon juice
450g (2lb) granulated sugar
  1. Sterilise your jam jars, for example by part-filling clean jars with water and standing them in a pan of boiling water for a few minutes, or running them through a dishwasher cycle.
  2. Put a small plate in the freezer.
  3. Wash, hull, and chop the strawberries. I chopped them into big pieces so that the final jam would still have some chunks of fruit.
  4. Grate the apple (including the skin, but not the core) with a fine grater.
  5. Boil the strawberries and apple for 5-10 minutes with the lemon juice, until most of the liquid comes out of the berries.
  6. Add the sugar, and stir until dissolved.
  7. Increase the heat, and boil vigorously until setting point is reached. You want to get to 104°C (220°F) on a sugar thermometer, then check the set by dropping a little jam onto the frozen plate. If the texture of the cold jam is gelatinous, then it's ready; if it's still liquid, keep boiling. It took me about 20 minutes per batch to reach this stage. I did find that the strawberry jam set to a softer texture than the other kinds I've made.
  8. Decant the jam into the sterilized jars, and top with waxed paper before sealing.


6 comments:

Rachel said...

Lovely. A real taste of the summer....

kavitha said...

I don't usually add pectin while making jam . It's a good idea to add apple instead of pectin

Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

I love the idea of using grated apple :)

Deborah Aldridge said...

I love blackberry jam best, but my father loved strawberry preserves, so that's what we always had for breakfast growing up. But in the summer, we would go out into the country and pick wild blackberries, and my mom would make blackberry jam and jelly. It was always gone pretty quickly with four kids, but I always looked forward to summer.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Yum!

Choclette said...

Ooh how lovely. Seeing that box of strawberries has given me such a craving for summer - oh well it's only another 7 months or so!

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