There is something about your own homemade jam that is comforting and makes tea time all the more interesting.
- 500 gms diced strawberries
- 350 gms fine sugar
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon water
Prep your strawberries. Wash them thoroughly to get rid of those fine hairs. Pluck out the stems and hull out the tops. Then cut them into dices. I like to cut them smaller so they cook down without having to mash them halfway and dicing them also leaves you some nice jam chunks.
Weigh out the strawberries after they have been prepped, not before. I have just slightly a bit over 500gms but no matter.
Weigh out the sugar. Put the strawberries, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice in a pot. Turn on the heat. Stir it around for a while for the sugar to dissolve.
Pour in your 1 tablespoon water at this point, I do this just to help the sugar move along.
Let it come to a boil, you have to watch it in the initial 15 mins stage cause it tends to boil over. Just lower the heat when it comes to that and keep stirring every 3 minutes.
When the sugar has dissolved into a syrup and the strawberries have released most of their water, you can leave it to simmer in low heat, just check on the consistency every 7 to 10 mins.
The consistency you're looking for is when the fruit has cooked down and when you make a swipe with your spoon in the pot, it separates to reveal the bottom of the pot. Or you can try the plate in the fridge test where you swipe some jam on a clean flat plate and place it in the fridge for 10 seconds, if it scrapes off cleanly, then the jam is ready. I just usually go by my eye, if my jam seems to drop heavily from the spoon, I know it's ready, it will continue to thicken in the fridge.
Place the jam in clean, glass jars immediately after cooking and while it's still hot, screw the cap on. This will kill off any bacteria on the lid.
After it has cooled down to room temperature, release the lid a little and screw it back again to release any pressure or steam.
Keep it in the fridge for the rest of the usage.
A jam like this usually keeps for a long time in the fridge, but try to finish it within