Strawberry jam

It is no surprise that strawberry jam is so incredibly popular around the globe. Hardly anything tastes so much like summer like this. Especially when you can pick fresh strawberries on the fields and make homemade jam. I love making my own, as you can regulate the amount of sugar and the taste is so much more intense. Another plus: have you ever noticed the amount of ingredients listed on an average strawberry jam jar? Incredible. I adhere to the „less is more“ principle with this simple recipe with a mere 3 ingredients. They are really all you need. The strawberry is the queen, let her shine by not drawing too much attention to a broad variety of things that are supposedly needed to make jam taste good and last longer.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs (750 gram) of strawberries
  • 1 cup (250 gram) of canning sugar
  • ½ lemon (make sure you use an organic one)
  • Optional: add a bit of vanilla

After thoroughly washing the strawberries, cut them into smaller chunk and make sure to remove all stems. Place them in a pot and add canned sugar (and vanilla). Rinse the lemon well and then squeeze it to add the juice to the strawberries and the sugar. Let everything simmer medium heat for half an hour (give or take). Make sure to regularly stir.

After this, you will face a difficult choice: to purify or not to purify. If you prefer to remind yourself that „yes“ this is a real fruit and you like a few fruit bits in your jam, you can skip the next step. If you are more in the line of thinking „the smoother, the better“, use a blender for your jam.

Congratulations, you made your own jam. Now all that’s left for you to do is to fill it into jars. To make sure, the jars are clean and perfectly hygienic, put them in the dish washer beforehand and fill them with you jam shortly after the washing cycle ended, when the glass is still warm. If you store your jam at a cool, darker spot, it can be conserved like this for up to 2 years. Tip: this is also a perfect present idea. I always give away something homemade for Christmas for example, back in 2015 it was this strawberry jam.

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