It certainly is strawberry season, so we thought we’d take advantage of the cheap strawberries and make homemade strawberry jam.
Strawberry jam can be difficult to set. Some recipes don’t instruct you to use pectin, but when we make this jam we use pectin. Mashing the strawberries up and adding the granny smith apple also helps to increase the pectin level, which assists with the setting.
Here’s how we make our delicious strawberry jam.
500grams (1 lb 2 oz) strawberries, halved
1 peeled and diced granny smith apple
3 tablespoons lemon juice
400g white sugar
1 pack of powdered pectin
1. Place the strawberries, lemon juice and apple into a large pot.
Gently simmer and cook until the berry juice begins to run (approx 5 min). Use a potato masher to gently mash the strawberries.
2. Add the sugar and pectin, continually stir until dissolved.
3. Bring to a rolling boil. During this stage it is extremely important to watch the pot as it can boil over very quickly. The jam should be ready in 3 – 5 min. Remove from heat and cool for 5-10 minutes. This will ensure any whole pieces of strawberries in the jam will not float to the top.
4. Pour the jam into sterilized jars.
There’s nothing more rewarding than opening a jar of homemade jam. It’s so easy and actually tastes like berries unlike store bought jams.