I was looking for an easy to make Strawberry Jam recipe and found a great one on http://allrecipes.co.uk. It didn’t have the author’s name but had good reviews so I decided to follow it and I am pleased to say that the jam turned out perfect. I used one cup less sugar than recommended by the recipe and sound the jam to be still sweet so next time may even reduce the sugar further.
- 4 lbs strawberries
- 7 cups sugar
- ½ cup lemon juice
1. Before starting the making of Strawberry Jam , make sure you have got plenty of sterilized bottles labelled ready to use.
2. Wash and chop the strawberries. Transfer them to a large saucepan and add in the sugar and lemon juice. Mash the strawberries with a potato masher.
3. Heat this mixture on a low heat until all the sugar melts. Keep stirring and checking until the jam mixture starts to thicken. You may get some scum whilst the strawberries are cooking. Use a spoon to remove as much of the sum as you can.
4. To test the right timing for the jam to be set – keep a saucer in the freezer. Once the mixture has been boiling for 10 minutes, take the saucer out of the freezer and place a spoonful on the the jam on the saucer. Return the saucer back to the freezer for a minute. Run a finger through the middle of the jam and if the jam doesn’t feel runny, the jam is ready to be bottled.
I really liked this Strawberry Jam recipe as it uses no preservatives or pectin. The jam tasted really sweet so I will be reducing the sugar next time I make jam.