Abundance, Strawberry Jam……

By Simon  ,   ,

June 22, 2015

We love preservation in the Curious kitchen, natures store cupboard of abundance and today a truly delicious, simple, vibrant strawberry jam. It's fun and we promise you this; the jam can be stored for up to 6 months although once your family and friends taste your jam, it won't be around for that long!.....Makes 3 Kg...............

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yields:

Ingredients

2 Kg Small strawberries

4 Medium Lemons

2 Kg Jam sugar

1 Small handful Butter

Directions

Today, we spent a few hours in the curious kitchen preserving the leftover abundance from our summer party.  English strawberries, apples, lemons and more fresh picked mint than we could consume.....  Well, if the truth be known the mint was for Pimms  and our favourite Mojito cocktail, and guess what we ran out of? the two vital ingredients, Pimms and light rum...Ghastly !!!!!

This is an old hand-me-down recipe for the most delicious strawberry jam.

Wash, drain and hull the fruit, place in a large non-metallic bowl, squeeze in all the juice from the lemons and scatter the sugar.  Mix gently with love, cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a cool place overnight.  This really adds to the rich flavours and keeps the small strawberries whole.

Ready for making the jam place a small saucer in the freezer.  Tip the fruit and all the juice into a preserving pan, heat gently, stirring to dissolve the sugar, do not let it boil until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Turn up the heat, boiling rapidly for exactly 4 minutes (German time!) remove from the heat to test for setting point.  Spoon a little jam onto the frozen saucer, leave for a few minutes then gently push your finger through the jam, if the surface wrinkles it is ready.  If not, return to the boil for a further 2 minutes then re-test.

Remove from the heat and gently stir in the butter, this will remove the foamy residue.  Cool for 10 minutes then gently stir to distribute the strawberries, pouring into sterilised jars.  Seal with waxed discs, lids on, label and wipe clean.

Store in a cool dry cupboard.  It will keep for up to 6 months although it may not last that long.  I'm sure your friends will beg you for your delicious strawberry jam......

 

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