I don’t really remember either of my Grandmas making jam when I was young, but my idea of homemade jam is a sweet old lady stirring a huge pot of overripe strawberries on the stovetop for hours, perfecting the pectin in the fruit so the jam sets just so.
When the strawberry jam in our fridge was about to run out, and before adding it to the shopping list, I decided to look for an easy jam recipe, expecting to then dedicate the rest of my Sunday afternoon to making jam.
I stumbled upon this article on The Guardian website, How to Make the Perfect Strawberry Jam. It’s a cute story comparing different jam recipes and techniques; from a quick, super sweet jam to a dark, sophisticated jam which takes 3 days to make!
With it being winter, I used frozen strawberries and as I’d never made jam before I opted to make a small batch. How did it turn out? Beautifully red in colour, the most divine consistency with a few bursting chunks of strawberries and most importantly, absolutely delicious!
yeild: approx. 2 x 200ml jars
• 600g small ripe strawberries
• 510g jam sugar
• Juice of a lemon
1. Hull the strawberries and discard any rotten ones. Set aside about 10 of the smallest berries, and then mash the rest up into a rough pulp. Put into a wide, thick-bottomed pan, add the sugar and the lemon juice, and bring to the boil. Add the remaining strawberries to the pan, and put a saucer in the freezer.
2. Boil the jam for about 15 minutes, stirring regularly checking the setting point every minute or so during the last 5 minutes. To do this, take the cold saucer out of the freezer, put a little jam on it, and put it back in to cool for a minute. If it wrinkles when you push it with your finger, then it’s done. Strawberry jam is unlikely to set very solid though, so don’t expect the same results as you would with a marmalade.
3. Take off the heat and skim off the pink scum. Pour into sterilised jars and cover with a disc
* A handy trick; once jam is filled to the top of the jar, put the lid on and flip upside down, cover with a tea towel and leave to cool completely. This creates a vacuum and sucks the lid on.of waxed paper, seal and store.
I was really surprised by how quick and easy it was to make, and definitely recommend trying it. And because the strawberry jam was such a success, I of course had to make some homemade scones to accompany it. Yum! I can’t wait to make some more jam in summer, from a big bag of market fresh strawberries, or perhaps some other fruit varieties. What is your favourite jam to make?