This simple strawberry and vanilla jam recipe only takes 30 mins to make. This jam recipe makes 4 to 6 jars, so you'll even have enough to keep some for yourself and give the rest to family and friends.
2kg strawberries hulled and dry, chopped if too big
1 vanilla pod
1.8kg jam sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
Dash of balsamic vinegar (optional)
Put the strawberries and sugar in a large pan and slit the vanilla pod in two. Extract the seeds and add to pan with the pod. Bring to the boil and then add the lemon juice and the balsamic vinegar if using.
Bring to a rapid boil until it reaches setting point. Discard the vanilla pod and pour the jam into sterilised jars and seal.