How to Make Traditional Strawberry Jam
Who doesn't like strawberry jam on toast for breakfast? Or jam tarts? The truth is that strawberries are a very versatile food that can be served in many ways and used in almost any area of cooking and confectionery. If you like jam and want to know how to make traditional strawberry jam at home in a simple way, in this oneHOWTO article we show you with our guide.
Before you start making strawberry jam, wash all the strawberries well, remove their leaves, and chop them up. Using the quantities above, you can fill between 3 and 4 jars of jam.
Once you've have chopped all the strawberries, put them in a bowl, add sugar and mix. Once mixed, let it stand for about two hours. This lets the strawberries mix with sugar, drawing out their juice.
After a while, pour the mixture into a saucepan or pot, add the lemon juice and water and place on a medium heat. When it starts to boil, turn down the heat to low to stop the strawberry jam from burning.
Stir the mixture occasionally to stop the strawberries from sticking and to get the jam just right. It usually takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour to make strawberry jam, depending on the type of strawberries you have and the type of jam that you want to make.
To tell whether or not your homemade strawberry jam is ready, scoop out a spoonful and let it drip off the spoon. If the texture is runny, it needs more time, but if it falls off slowly and is lumpy, it means that it's already done. When your jam is ready you can leave it as is or give it a more traditional texture like shop-bought ones, by mixing it in a blender.
Your strawberry jam is ready to serve! Keep it in sterilized jars, and cover them well so they do not spoil and will last longer. Learn how to preserve your jam properly in our article how to seal glass jars to preserve food. Also, learn how to make tomato jam, red pepper jam or lemon jam.
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