I am a crazy lover of strawberries. Here in Indore strawberries are not of a very good quality, so I decided to get them from elsewhere. Coincidentally my sister sent 8 boxes of strawberries from Pune. I was delighted to receive them and decided to make something out of it so that it could be stored for a longer time and tried this simple yet tempting recipe of strawberry jam
To my own surprise, this homemade jam tasted far better than what I used to get from the supermarket, and my daughters approved it with both thumbs up. Below is an easy recipe for the same.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Strawberry – 1/2 Kg
Sugar – 250 grams (Can vary it depending on how sweet strawberries are and how sweet you want your jam)
Lemon – 1 (Medium Size)
- First of all wash and pat dry the strawberries. Now chop the strawberries into small pieces.
- Take a glass jar to store the cooked jam in it and make it completely dry either putting in the oven for few minutes or keep it in sunlight for few hours.
- Take a Nonstick pan and keep it on low flame. Add strawberries and sugar to the pan and with the help of a masher slightly mash the strawberries.
- Now raise the flame to medium and cook the jam until it reaches 1/2 of its quantity, stirring occasionally.
- Now squeeze the juice from both the lemons and add it to the jam. Again cook the jam for few more minutes. Now, let’s check the jam if it is cooked properly.
- Take water in a clean bowl and add a drop a little jam in it. If it sets at the bottom without dissolving in water, the jam is cooked.
- Checking if jam is ready
- Switch off the flame and store it in the glass jar once it’s completely cooled.
- Enjoy it as spreading on bread or scone. Have it your way!
I didn’t put any preservative or any artificial color/ flavoring to the jam, but you can. Adding preservative will have its own taste of the jam. Sugar on its own acts as a great preservative.
You can easily store this jam for 4-6 months in Fridge. (You can keep it in smaller bottles and open only the one you need to use, this will extend the life of jam)
Don’t over mash the strawberries, slightly mashed strawberry gives small chunks in the jam which taste really nice.
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