It’s been about a thousand million years since I posted anything on my blog, but since I’ve recently been feeling more determined and efficient I am going to give it another go.
I’m preparing an entry on why I’m (re)starting this venture, but for the time being, and as an amuse bouche, I’d like to share with you my last tried and tested recipe: strawberry jam. As many things in life, it is easier than it seems.
You will need:
1kg of strawberries
500gr of white sugar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
How to make the jam:
- Wash the strawberries, cut the stalks off and chop them.
- Put the strawberries in a pan and add the sugar and the lemon juice.
- Cook it on a low heat until the strawberries have melted (approx. 1 h)
- Personally, I like finding bits of strawberry in my jam, but if you are not a fan, you can blend and make it smoother.
How do you when the jam is ready? Put a bit of the mix on a plate and leave to cool down. Once cooled, move the plate and if the jam is stuck or moves very slowly, then your jam is ready. If it is too runny, leave it to cook a bit longer.
If you intend to store it for the months to come, make sure you sterilise your pots. In order to do so, you just need to boil your glass jars (lids included), for 30 minutes. Easy peasy.
Once you’ve filled your jars, make sure you airtight them to ensure your lovely homemade jam keeps fresh and yummy. To do this, just put the lids on an boil the pots (already filled with jam), for 30 minutes. This will create a vacuum effect and you will be able to safely store them in your cupboard.
This recipe only has one issue… that once you try this jam, you just won’t like any other! It is simply that good!
Enjoy and let me know how it goes!