Really fruity strawberry jam

Really fruity strawberry jam

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins Ready in 25 minutes + standing overnight

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 3 medium jars (about 500ml each)

This is a syrupy, soft-set jam with juicy strawberry chunks. Perfect for topping cakes, scones, and thick slices of hot toast

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
71
protein
0g
carbs
19g
fat
0g
saturates
0g
fibre
0g
sugar
19g
salt
0.1g

Ingredients

  • 1¼kg firm, ripe strawberries, hulled and large ones halved
  • 1kg pack jam sugar, (this is sugar wiht added pectin)
  • juice 1 lemon
  • knob unsalted butter (optional)

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Method

  1. Layer the strawberries and sugar in a large bowl, finishing with a layer of sugar. Cover the bowl and leave for 24 hrs. Meanwhile, put a couple of saucers in the freezer to chill.
  2. Next day, the juices will have been drawn out from the fruit, leaving you with a bowl of berries in a sugary pink syrup. If this hasn’t happened, give the berries a quick stir, then leave for a few more hrs.
  3. Tip the mixture into a preserving pan (or a large pan with wide, sloping sides) and warm to dissolve the remaining sugar. Once dissolved, bring to the boil, stirring frequently until bubbling.
  4. Pour in the lemon juice, return to the boil, then boil hard for 10 mins, stirring occasionally. If the surface of the jam starts to look a little scummy, add the butter. Take from the heat, then drop a little jam onto a chilled saucer. Let it cool a little, then push your finger through the jam. If the jam parts, leaving wrinkled ripples, it is ready. (Turn to p23 for more detail on testing when jam is ready.) Allow the jam to cool for 30 mins, then pot into sterilised jars and, when the jam is cool, label the jars. Keeps for 1 year – store in the fridge once open.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2008

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rfsev65's picture

Made this recipe with all the small, very ripe strawberries from our garden.It is the freshest, loveliest strawberry jam I have ever made, a real taste of summer! Im not sure how it would be with the nasty out of season 'raw' ones from the supermarket though. I made half the recipe as I just wanted to use all the teeny tiny fruits left over, it worked fine. I used regular caster sugar and added certo once it had boiled for 10 minutes. It is soft set with lovely chucks of strawberry - I would definately recommend!

kitty4368's picture
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I made this recipe on Saturday. I got 5 lovely jars of jam - tastes great if a bit runny. Next time I would add at least the juice of 2 lemons instead of 1.

sarafused's picture
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I found 8 minutes boiling was enough for the jam. I also made a second batch and added a half a vanilla pod while boiling to make strawberry and vanilla.

ninnamm's picture

tried this recipe. it was perfect right after cooking but the next day it was really really sticky like tough glue and very difficult to spread. what have i done wrong? advise please

karenjohnson23's picture

in the magazine it said "don't be tempted to make it in larger batches; you'd have to cook it for longer and the flavour just won't be as fresh". however website recipe comment is "easily doubled". confusing.

littleroy85's picture
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made lots of small jars for xmas hampers. this recipe is really easy and absolutely delicious. on my 2nd batch already.

ncsh556's picture

there were no strawbs in the supermarket when i went shopping to make this - would i be able to replace them with blackberries when they come in season?

tamaragilder's picture
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Not tried it yet, but it looks great!
Was slightly disappointed that there wasn't more actual 'jam' to put in pots at the end, but I've never made jam before so I didn't know what to expect really.
Feel a bit of a domestic goddess now.

fkwool's picture
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Made this last night with my 11 year old daughter - really easy. Great result (only I will probably boil for less time - mine set really well and not syrupy like picture) it was enjoyed on toast this morning for breakfast - both first time jam makers - will definitely make again!!

smpdit's picture

The magazine amount is for 1.25kg of strawberries

smartyarty's picture

1.25kg is the same as 1 1/4kg

MrsJS's picture

Hi, yes it's the same weight.

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