Making strawberry jam

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Jam today – making strawberry jam

Make the most of cheap strawberries and get making some jam so you can enjoy  the taste of summer throughout the year. This recipe should make around 6 lbs (2.7 kg) of jam.

Ingredients

  • Fresh strawberries4 lbs (1.8 kg) strawberries
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 4 lbs (1.8 kg) jam sugar*

* Jam sugar is sugar with added citric acid and helps jam to set when using fruit that little pectin (setting agent) of its own such as strawberries. But lemon does the job and if you like a slightly loose or runny jam for your croissants, just use ordinary granulated sugar.

Clean jars: Make sure that all equipment is scrupulously clean before you start. All jars and lids must be sterilised. This can be done in a dishwasher on a high heat cycle. Alternatively you can wash them by hand, but make sure you use very hot water and rinse them well.

Method

  1. Hull the strawberries, wash and drain well.Image of pan with boiling jam
  2. Put into a preserving pan with the lemon juice.
  3. (You don’t have to have a posh preserving pan, any large heavy based pan would work. I use my mother’s old pressure cooker pan)
  4. Simmer gently until the fruit is soft.
  5. Add the sugar
  6. Stir the sugar gently until it has dissolved. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 10-15 minutes until the jam sets when tested*.
  7. * To test for a good set, wait until the jam has been boiling rapidly for about 15  minutes, then take a cold saucer and drop a small spoonful of the jam on to it. Let it cool for a minute, then push your finger through the jam – if it wrinkles it’s ready; if not, boil for a few more minutes.
  8. Remove the scum: A small knob of butter added to the mixture will help to disperse the scum and give the jam a lovely glossy texture. Leave the jam to cool slightly before bottling.
  9. Filling jars with strawberry jam - caption

    Filling jars with strawberry jam – caption

    Place the jars and lids on a baking tray and slide into a hot oven (gas mark 3/160°C/fan 140°C/325°F) for 10-15 mins to warm them up.

  10. Pot and seal the jam while it’s still hot.

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There are 8 comments

  1. Posted by Lynton on June 25, 2009 at 12:28pm

    mmm.. delicious

  2. Posted by Anne Caborn on July 15, 2009 at 5:44pm

    I was watching Jamie Oliver the other night and he was making jam with far less sugar. He also squashed it all up before he started boiling it. He said it wouldn’t last as long as traditional jam but as i watch my sugar intake I wonder how much sugar you really must use if it isn’t to go off?

  3. Posted by Hilary Bruffell on July 16, 2009 at 12:19pm

    Yes I agree about the sugar, but it did taste delicious! Has anybody out there got any good sugar free recipes? I am always appalled by how much goes in when I am making it and I am always on the look out sugar free recipes. I have just found a book that claims that they don't use as much, but I am not convinced. I will have to have a go and post the results .

  4. Posted by Jams, pickles and preserves | Make it and Mend it on June 30, 2010 at 12:59pm

    [...] There’s nothing like some homemade strawberry jam – the perfect partner for a cream tea. Here’s a recipe that will give you around 6 lbs of summertime as well as tips for getting jam made from low pectin fruit such as strawberries to set  >> Strawberry jam [...]

  5. Posted by How to make cherry jam and cherry pickle | Make it and Mend it on July 5, 2010 at 1:47pm

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  6. Posted by Jill Sawyer on July 9, 2010 at 5:58pm

    The recipe I use- given to me by my mother from a 1950s My Weekly- uses 1 lemon and 12 oz of sugar per 1lb of strawberries. Lemon goes in at the beginning.Jam always turns out slightly differently each year you make it capturing the flavour of that particular summer. I think this is especially true of strawberry.

  7. Posted by Jill Sawyer on July 11, 2010 at 10:19am

    Correction 14oz of sugar to 1lb of fruit

  8. Posted by wonkywing on February 17, 2011 at 11:01am

    If you are allergic ot citrus fruit like me use RED CURRENT juice instead

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