Basic Strawberry Jam
Making jam doesn't need to be difficult or a time-consuming thing to do. It's a wonderful way of preserving a bounty of summer fruit and can be used in so many recipes. Spread it over warm toast, spoon on to scones with a dollop of cream, use to sandwich cakes together or get fancy and use in cocktails to add depth and flavor. Feel free to replace the strawberries with any other member of the berry family, or combine for a mixed berry jam. Delicious!
5 cup Strawberries
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
2 tbsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 pch Salt
Combine the Strawberries, Granulated Sugar, Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice and Salt in a medium pot.
Using a potato masher or large fork, roughly mash the fruit.
Cook the fruit over a medium heat, allowing it to come to a boil but stirring constantly until the fruit thickens. This should take around 20 minutes.
Begin testing to see if the jam is done by placing a small amount of jam on a cold spoon, waiting a few seconds for it to cool and then running your finger through the jam to see if it leaves a clear track. If it does, then the jam is done, if not, continue cooking until done.
Carefully pour the jam into a clean jar, cool, seal and refrigerate. When it's completely cool and set, serve and enjoy!