My strawberry patch is in full swing. We just picked 2 kg. in one go….and there’s more to come. So it must be jamming time!
Today I’m sharing a recipe for a strawberry jam that uses only half the usual amount of sugar. It will keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks, or you can freeze it…..it will be fine for 3 months if not longer…. so, I include tips on how to freeze jam successfully.
This way you get real fresh strawberryness, a lot less sugar, and by leaving the strawberries largely whole, you can savour them in all their juiciness when strawberry season is long over. And it really is delicious….
Making jam reminds me of my grandparents, who had a huge plum tree in the garden. My grand-dad would get up a very high ladder, which invariably looked terrifyingly precarious, and collect all the plums, shaking some of them down as well, while I ran around underneath the tree picking up the ones that fell …and then delivering them all to my nanna in the kitchen, who would set about the making of jam. The whole house would fill with the fragrance of plum…it would last for days. The next day rows of potted sealed jam would sit in the larder, gleaming purple.
Home-made jam is still just the best. Worth the faff. Strawberries, for all their fabulousness, don’t last long, and jam still has to be probably the best way to preserve them. I think anyway.
And finally, before I get to the business in hand, a word for the WI (Women’s Institute), for which jam is just one trademark. ‘Jam and Jerusalem!’
(Jerusalem is the anthem of the WI. btw) ….
To quote Wikipedia:
‘The British WI movement was formed in 1915 in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey Wales. It had two clear aims: to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and it is now the largest women’s voluntary organisation in the UK. The organisation celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2010 and currently has approximately 208,000 members in 7,000 WIs.
Amongst WI aims and activities are providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, enabling them to take part in a wide variety of activities, campaigning on issues that matter to them and their communities.’
As I mentioned, I picked 2 kgs. of strawberries, which I graded into best, pretty good, and not much good. Only put decent ones in the jam….
I ended up with 1.5 kg. strawberries for jam. As this maybe an unreasonable amount of strawberries for most people, I have halved the quantities, so the recipe below should make 2 pots of jam. One for the fridge and one for the freezer?
Hope you enjoy.
So here’s how to make the best strawberry jam you will ever taste! 🙂
reduced-sugar freezer jam
enough for 2 pots…(350-400gm. jars)