Mel and Mal's Strawberry Jam

Ingredients
  • 1kg fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • Juice of 2 small fresh lemon (about 3 tsp)
  • 850g sugar

This is delicious on a thick slice of bread and butter - just like we used to have at teatime on a Sunday back in the good old days!

Serves : 12        Prep/Cooking Time : 1 hour

Tip : You do not need to add any water to cook the strawberries as they have plenty of moisture of their own

Instructions

Make the Jam

Place all the fruit and the lemon juice into a maslin pan.

Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat to simmering point and continue to simmer for 5 minutes with the lid off, stirring occasionally with a spoon.

On a very low heat, add the sugar and keep stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. Then turn up the heat to a gentle boil and cook for around 20 minutes but do NOT stir at this point.

Meanwhile, place a saucer in the freezer compartment then when you think the jam is ready, you need to test it. So take the jam off the heat and take the saucer out of the freezer.

Carefully spoon some of the hot jam onto the saucer, which includes some of the berries, and place the saucer back into the freezer until cooled (about 10 mins). Then remove the saucer from the freezer and using your finger, push the jam forward and if the jam wrinkles it has reached setting point. If it does not do this, return the jam to the heat and continue to boil for a few minutes and then repeat the test until the jam wrinkles

Remove from the heat, let the jam settle for 10 mins then pour into sterilized jars and seal whilst hot. Label and pop into a cool place until you are ready to eat.

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