January Recipe

January 28th, 2010

strawberry plants

strawberry plants

Strawberry Jam

Strawberry jam is one of the few jams that you can make to a formula!  I love growing strawberries, they make a tasty treat to nibble while you are watering!  But if you have enough, just 500g will do, you can make some jam to satisfy that need to get ready for the winter ahead!  Here is my recipe:

strawberries

strawberries

500g strawberries

2 tbsp water

2 cups of sugar

3/4 teaspn tartaric acid

Slice the strawberries into a large pot, removing the green tops and stems, and any bad bits.  Add the water to stop the berries sticking when you start to heat them, and bring them to the boil, mashing them with a potato masher if they are still in pieces.  Make sure you have washed enough jars – 3 should do it but do 4-5 just in case and when they are very clean pop them into the oven – the oven can be cold when you put them in but turn it on to 100C.  The jars need to have been in for at least 10 minutes at 100C when you put the jam in.

mash them with a potato masher

mash them with a potato masher

When the berries feel soft, add the sugar and stir over a moderate heat until the mixture starts to boil.  Boil quite fast for 3 minutes exactly, then sprinkle in the tartaric acid.  Watch the way the colour suddenly brightens, it is quite magic!  Now, boil briskly for 4 minutes longer, then pour into those clean jars you prepared earlier.

The finished product!

The finished product!

Seal jars while jam is still hot, and you are done!

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