Sunday, July 19, 2009

Have strawberry jam all year around

Strawberries are my favorite fruit for making jam. I always have strawwberry jam in the house all year around. From a simple strawberry jam, over different varieties with vanilla, basil, lime & bay leaf and others. You can combine strawberry with other fruit like rhurbarb too.

Making jam the lazy man's way is to use commercial gelling sugar containing all required ingredients from sugar, acidifier, gelling ingredients. It is making jam easy and some products are giving you the chance to cut down sugar to 1/2 or 1/3. If you like your jam real sweet you can use the "classic" 1-to-1-ratio (like I did it here).

Here is a very basic strawberry jam recipe.

Strawberry Jam
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1000 g hulled strawberries
1000 g 1:1 Gelling Sugar* (lazy man's way making jam)
2 tablespoons lime juice

* I'm using a commercial gelling sugar which contains the neccessary acidifier, pectin, gelling ingredients.


  1. In a large pot mix half of the hulled strawberries and Gelling Sugar. Add lime juice. Mix until you have a smooth puree.
  2. Cut the rest of the strawberries into pieces (as large as you like them) and add them to the strawberry puree. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile sterilze your jars. I fill them once or twice with boiling water and pour out the boiling water immediately before I fill in the jam. Have enough jars at hand and prepared.
  4. Bring the strawberries mixture to a boil stirring all the time. Let cook for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Then remove from heat.
  5. Fill into prepared twist off preserving jars and close jars. Let stand for 1 minute and then turn up side down. Let stand for 10 minutes and turn over again. Let cool completely.

Strawberry Jam ideas
In my photo set Jams, Bread, Rolls & Breakfast you will find more photos for strawberry jams like this one for strawberry-basil jam

Strawberry Basil Jam (1/3)
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Add 3-4 tablespoons fresh basil (chopped) immediatley before cooking to the strawberry mixture.


Manggy said...

I didn't know you already had a blog! Looks beautiful as always! I'll just be waiting for the Dresdener Eierschecke ;)

Check your credit said...

Wow! You are such a great photographer. Photos all nicely taken!