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Saturday, September 26, 2009

strawberry jam

Today I made strawberry jam.
Strawberries were 66c a punnet (250g) at our local fruit and veg this week so I bought 6 punnets to make strawberry jam.
It actually only makes 1 1/2 - 2 cups of jam.
6 punnets don't go a long way.
But it is still fun to make.
The recipe I have is very simple.

Strawberry Jam
1.5 kg strawberries
2 C sugar
juice 1 lemon

Hull strawberries and then wash them,

place them into a saucepan and sprinkle over 1C sugar,

cook until sugar softens slightly, then add the rest of the sugar, warmed.

Add lemon juice and boil until jam jells when tested, usually about 1 hour.

Bottle while hot in warm sterilised jars, seal when cold.

To test jam place a small amount of jam on a cold saucer or plate that has been in the fridge or freezer. Leave for about 1 minute. push your finger through the jam if it wrinkles on the surface it is cooked and ready for bottling. this is what is meant by the term jells.

To sterilise jars wash them thoroughly in hot water and then place in an oven on a low heat for 5-10 minutes.

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