A large percentage of people to go to pick strawberries straight off the strawberry plants do so to obtain enough to make their favorite strawberry jam recipe. Strawberry jam is a common occurrence on many a breakfast table every day. But, this strawberry jam recipe doesn't just have to be used on toast. Get adventurous!
Strawberry Jam Recipe: Ingredients
4 cups of strawberries (conversions here)
4 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon of fruit pectin
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Strawberry Jam Directions
Put the strawberries in a blender and blend. Then mix with the sugar. Pour in the fruit pectin and lemon juice.
Bring the mixture to a boil and then allow it to simmer for five to ten minutes. Be sure to stir frequently. A foamy layer will form at the top of the mixture. Skim this layer off and discard or find another use for it.
Test the mixture to ensure it is ready to be put into jars. To do this, put one teaspoon of the hot mixture onto a dish. If it gelatinizes, the jam is ready to put into jars. Pour the hot strawberry jam into hot, sterilized jars. Fill the jars all the way to the top. Wipe down the jars with a damp towel and close the lids tightly. Allow them to sit for ten minutes. After ten minutes, invert the jars so that they are upside down on their lids. Allow the jars and jam to cool prior to turning them right side up and storing.
(Usually its 1:1 fruit and sugar, but you can try with a bit less if you like.)
Strawberry Jam Recipe: Notes
This strawberry jam recipe is basic and easy. And, it is easily modified. One easy way to modify this strawberry jam recipe is to use different sweeteners. Generally, there is a 1:1 ratio of strawberries and sugar when making strawberry jam. For those conscious about the amount of refined table sugar they consume, feel free to try organic evaporated cane juice crystals, turbinado, sucanat, honey crystals, brown sugar, or even stevia to give unique and varied accents to this quick strawberry recipe.
All recipes are made to be tinkered with, and this one is no exception. Experiment with it and have fun; then post a comment about your trials and successes with this recipe!
Enjoy this strawberry jam recipe!