Earlier when this blog was started a couple of years back I had posted the recipe of Easiest and Tastiest Black Pepper Strawberry Jam.The recipe was a hit with some people asking me if I took orders and some made it by themselves and passed the recipe around.It consisted of Strawberries cooked with black pepper and Balsamic Vinegar to give it a great taste and the chunks of strawberries add to the enjoyment.
The season’s lovely Strawberries!
Now this is a different and the most common recipe which is why the name – Classic Strawberry Jam.This recipe originated in England in the late 1700’s and has been made ever since.This jam is essentially used with all kinds of breads,buns,to sandwich cakes and also had with scones.This being the season of strawberries in Mumbai I wanted to make this jam and have a treat for Mondays and Thursdays when we have freshly baked bread for breakfast.The recipe involves ingredients you get and use everyday at home and very simple to prepare.
This recipe uses equal quantities of sugar and fruit.Measure the ingredients carefully to get one of the best tasting jams ever!
Preparation Time : 1 hour
Makes : 450 – 500 gms of jam
1 kg fresh and firm Strawberries(Washed and Hulled – the white part from the centre and the green stem and leaves removed)
1 kg granulated sugar
Juice of 2 Lemons
1 tsp Butter
Quarter the Strawberries and place in a large cooking pot with the lemon juice and sugar.Mix well and heat on the lowest for 15-20 minutes till the fruit is very soft.
Quartering the Strawberries
Mixing them with lemon juice and sugar
Take a potato masher and mash the fruit in the boiling jam for 5-6 minutes till the strawberries are disintegrated but can be seen in the liquid.
Boiling the jam
After another 5 minutes of cooking add the butter and raise the heat and boil rapidly till the jam reaches setting point∗.
Take off heat and cover the pot with a clean kitchen towel and let it come to room temperature.
Spoon into clean glass jars and close tightly.Use clean spoons while using and keep it covered and refrigerated for longer shelf life.Use as needed.
∗Setting test – After adding the butter,keep 2-3 clean small plates or saucers into the freezer compartment of your refrigerator.When you feel the jam has set then spoon a few drops of jam on a plate and leave for 2-3 seconds.Then tilt the plate.If the jam doe not run/trickle down and stays firm at its place it is ready.
Enjoying the jam on a slice of bread…