Strawberry jam

Strawberry jam

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From
The Natural Cook
Makes
500 g
Photographer
Laura Edwards

Strawberries at the height of summer are cheap. Take advantage of this abundance by making your own jam and preserving their sweetness for the winter. Slightly under-ripe strawberries make the best-tasting jam.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g strawberries
1/2 lemon, juiced
450g jam sugar

Method

  1. Put a plate in the freezer. Pull off and discard the green stalks of the strawberries (I tend not to cut them out, to avoid waste). Mash half of them with a potato masher and cut the other half into quarters. Put all the berries into a small saucepan and squeeze in the lemon juice. Add the empty lemon shell along with the sugar, then place over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Keep on a low boil for 15 minutes, then test the jam to see if it is ready: take the plate from the freezer, put 1 teaspoon of the jam on top and return to the freezer for two minutes. Take the plate and turn it on its side. If the jam doesn’t run, but wrinkles, it is ready. If not, test five minutes later. Repeat if necessary. Meanwhile, sterilise a jam jar. Fill the hot jar with the hot jam, seal and leave to cool.

Variations

  • Jam tarts: Make shortcrust pastry and use it to line tartlet cases. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Fill each case two-thirds full with jam and bake for 15–20 minutes.

    Strawberry fool: To make a quick fool, whip 100 ml double cream to soft peaks. Fold in 200 g live natural yogurt and 150 g strawberry jam. Serves 4.

Storage

  • Jam will keep sealed for a year; once opened, eat it up within a month.
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