|This batch was given away at Xmas...|
In the end I decided not to take the chance and make my strawberry jam using 1kg berries and 1kg of white sugar, plus a squeeze of lemon juice. I have plenty of glass jars, I've been collecting Craigs jam jars for a while now......
Although there are other ways to sterilize jam jars, I do it the old fashioned way by placing the jars and lids in a saucepan full of water. Bring this to a rolling boil for about 10 minutes. I also sterilize my jug and tongs in there too.
My Strawberry Jam Recipe:
1 kg of white sugar
1 kg of Strawberries
1 whole Lemon (squeeze to use juice)
Cooking time is approximately 45 minutes, but I just cook till the jam is a gel like consistency and the saucer test shows the jam forming a skin.
When freezing strawberries hull them ready for jam making. You can do this with a knife and I did see somewhere you can use a straw to hull and remove the core (must try that myself).
Always sterilize anything that has contact with the jam making process.
Use a saucer to test a small spoonful of jam to see if it is ready.
|I defrosted the strawberries, usually I cook them frozen|
for jam making. So I wasn't sure if this was going to
work out...What if the jam didn't set?
|Who froze the strawberries with their stems still on?|
I used a strainer and knife to remove the greenery and
core....not an easy job but I managed it.
|Sterilizing my jars and lids in a big pot and cooking the|
defrosted strawberries...I mashed them down with
the potato masher while cooking
|1 kg of white sugar to add to the 1 kg|
of cooked strawberries
|Bubble, bubble toil and trouble.....|
I hope this Strawberry Jam works out!
|Testing my jam to see if it is ready yet. I always look|
to see if it has formed a skin when I tip he saucer
|Using a small piece of butter to dissolve scum...|
You can scrape it off too with a spoon if you
don't want to use butter
|Testing again just to make sure it has thickened|
|I do make a mess when pouring my jam|
into the sterilized jam jars
|Just have to scrape the rest of the jam out...|
|Put the left over jam in a dish to eat...YUM!|
It tastes so nice so much better than shop bought...
|Out of my 1kg of de-frosted strawberries I made|
four jars of jam with a tiny bit left over
|Testing again to see how thick my strawberry jam is....|
|Yes the jam was thick enough. When I tipped|
the heart dish the jam stayed against the side
of the dish....