Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Strawberry Jam


This year, much to my disappointment, our strawberry plants did not provide us with a bountiful harvest. We only managed to pick five!
Thankfully, our local greengrocer has had a plentiful supply of tasty Scottish strawberries at a very reasonable price which have provided us with some fruity deliciousness over the Summer months.
Is it just me or have this year's strawberries been particularly flavoursome? Tasting like strawberries should taste. Maybe it's been down to the extra sunshine we've been having. I'd like to think so.
The strawberry season is now coming to an end, so in order for us to be able to enjoy them for just a little while longer I decided to turn some into jam.
I used to think jam making was some kind of magical art, created in farmhouse kitchens and involving lots of specialist equipment, but I've recently discovered it is far more straight forward than I first thought. In fact it really isn't complicated at all. Just as long as you don't spill it over the kitchen work surface - that's when things can get very sticky!
To make this jam you need 950g strawberries, 800g granulated sugar and the juice of one lemon. This makes approximately three jars.
Hull and slice the strawberries and then crush them in the bottom of a large stockpot or heavy based saucepan using a potato masher.
Add the lemon juice and sugar then transfer to the stove top gradually increasing the temperature and stirring regularly until the sugar dissolves, then bring to a rolling boil.
Allow to boil for around ten minutes then transfer (carefully) into sterilised jars.
Just delicious served with freshly baked buttered scones and even better outdoors in the sunshine.
J. X

36 comments:

  1. Homemade strawberry jam - yummy

    Julie xxxxxxxx

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    1. It's so yummy! I don't think it will last long. X

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  2. Scottish strawberries are the best, well that's if your home grown let you down, such a shame. Your jam and scones look delicious.

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    1. I hope if I transfer the strawberry plants into a larger pot we might get more next year. X

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  3. We've not had many strawberries this year either? Your jam looks delicious, the photo of all the strawberries was gorgeous xx

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    1. Thank you Cheryl. I wonder why your strawberries have been in short supply too?
      I couldn't resist taking a photo of them all sliced up. They looked (and smelled) so good. X

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  4. Gosh my mouth is watering, there's nothing like a home scone and strawberry jam.

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    1. I won't lie. I would have bought the scones but the store had sold out. I'm glad I baked them though. X

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  5. Strawberry jam is a favourite of mine especially on scones. I'm hoping the man on the market has some cheap strawberries soon as I would like to make some more. Like you I don't have fancy equipment I just use my heavy pressure cooker pan.

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    1. I'm sure all the equipment is very useful if you're making it regularly and in larger quantities but for what I make it's not worth it. I hope you manage to get your strawberries. X

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  6. I love any jam, but it has to be strawberry with scones, I find supermarkets strawberries tasteless I have been buying them from markets and they have been so tasty, xx

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    1. It is delicious with scones. The strawberries we have bought have been so tasty. In fact, the five we picked from our garden were really good. It's just a shame there weren't any more. X

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  7. you did a good job with your jam :)

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    1. Thank you. I don't make it very often but enjoy it when I do. X

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  8. It's like summer in a pot, isn't it? Yum, it certainly looks delicious.

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    1. Thank you. That sums it up beautifully Jo. X

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  9. I can almost smell those strawberries. Home made jam is prefect on a slice of thick cut bread

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  10. fabulous. Looks gorgeous. I'm pulling up my strawberry plants, they never give many, just the odd one here and there. I picked one earlier this week it looked perfect, bit into it and it had no flavour at all. So out they go! x

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    1. Thank you Sadie. I'm hoping we get more strawberries next year. Will you get some more plants? X

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  11. Your jam looks delicious. We have tiny wild strawberries here, which the wild creatures share with us! Waitrose here I come :o) x

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    1. The wild creatures are generous. X

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  12. Strawberries are a favourite, thanks for sharing the jam recipe. Warm greetings!

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    1. They are delicious and the recipe is so simple. X

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  13. Loved your photographs.
    Loved your post.

    I think the strawberries have been good this year, we enjoyed some simply served with double cream earlier this evening. Yum!

    Enjoy this last week of July.
    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan. Strawberries do make for a good photograph don't they?
      Unfortunately I've never liked cream, so I either eat them as they are or turn them into jam. X

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  14. I am a great fan of strawberry jam, a taste of summer through the winter months.

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    1. Definitely. I also had some spread on my toast this morning. X

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  15. Strawberry jam is one of my favorites! I haven't made any this year, yet, but should make some, soon.

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    1. It's delicious and so easy to make. X

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  16. I felt sure I had commented on this post??!!
    That last picture of yours just is so gorgeous to look at, I can just imagine how good it tastes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. I'm so sorry Jan. I've been on my holidays so hadn't managed to approve your messages until just now.
      It does taste very good, especially in the sunshine! X

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  17. That looks delicious. I cannot make strawberry jam, no matter how many times I try I never get a set. Makes a lovely runny topping for ice-cream though!

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    1. Thank you Jayne. Yes, ice cream is a good idea, or maybe stirred into yoghurt. X

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