Friday, 7 May 2010

Simple strawberry jam

Makes 1 litre (1 3/4 pints) about 6 small jars

English strawberries are ripe and sweet at the moment. I was lucky enough to find some reduced in the supermarket tonight and they were just perfect for jam and so cheap! I just hulled them and cut some in half and left smaller ones whole. They look more home made when you can see the fruit. But you could mash the fruit slightly as I saw mentioned in some other recipes. I think this one will be good with scones and clotted cream! Bang goes the diet :)

1kg/2lb strawberries, hulled
1kg jam sugar
The zest and juice of 1 lemon

Place the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest into a saucepan. Place over a low heat and simmer very gently until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat to high and boil vigorously for 10 minutes. Do the wrinkle test; if the jam has set, remove it from the heat and leave in the pan for 10 minutes to ensure even distribution of fruit and juice. Then spoon into sterilised jars, seal and allow to cool before storing in the fridge or cool place.

I've added a picture of the jam just setting in the jars. My official taster (Jack) said it was delish and he does love strawberry jam. My first of many.


Ma Larkin said...

No water?

eight by six said...

No water needed. Do you normally use water? I didn't boil mine for 10 mins and its lovely, a bit like conserve. I don't like thick jam :)

mangocheeks said...

Amazing colour.

Can't wait for the strawberries to appear here (Scotland). And strawberry jam will be on the list to make.