Can you believe we have never posted a strawberry jam recipe before? But what better time to make strawberry jam when fresh strawberries are growing in the garden! You might need quite a few strawberry plants to make this recipe though.
Strawberry jam is one of our favourites at Sen5es. Combined with peanut butter, it makes the perfect treat. Why not make your own jam to mix in to your porridge for breakfast? Or to spread on top of crumpets or pancakes? However you enjoy strawberry jam, this simple recipe will make making jam a fun and enjoyable experience.
1kg of fresh strawberries with their stalks and leaves removed.
750g of sugar
1 lemon, juiced
Large pan for cooking
Wooden spoon for stirring
2 small saucers
Glass jars and lids for canning
Prepare the fruit for the jamming process. Take a damp cloth and wipe the strawberries. Try not to use too much water as we want as little water involved as possible in the jam.
Before you make your jam you will need to macerate your fruit. This is a process where you soften fruit. Take your strawberries and put them in a large bowl and cover them with sugar. Leave uncovered for at least 12 hours. So it's best to do the first 2 steps before your jamming day!
Before you start cooking put your 2 small saucers in the freezer and sterilise your jars. (we have a handy guide on how to sterilise your jars here.)
Now that your fruit is soft and ready you can start cooking. Over a low heat add the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice to a pan.
Stir occasionally until the sugar is all gone. You can usually tell by how grainy the mixture feels.
Boil the jam you have made for about 5-10 minutes or until it reaches 105°C. If you don't have a thermometer there is a neat trick to see whether your jam is ready. Take your saucer out of the freezer (I bet you wondered what they were for!) and put 1 teaspoon of jam on it. Run your finger through it. If it doesn't flood back together then it's ready!
The last step is to remove any scum that will have gathered at the top. Use your spoon to gently remove any gunk from the surface of the jam and discard it.
Allow to stand for 15 minutes
Now it's time to put the jam in to jars! We used our 190ml Jam Jar when we made our jam. Make sure your glass jars are sterile and at room temperature. Whilst your jam is still hot, pour it in to the jars and apply the lids quickly. When the jam cools it will contract and create a vacuum seal within the jar. This will help to keep your jam fresh and tasty for longer.
How simple is this recipe? Who knew making jam could be so easy and fun. Don't forget no matter what jam you decide to make this year. Make sure you visit our online glass jar store and stock up on some classic jam jars for your home jam making needs.
And don't forget, as always, if you decide to make any strawberry jam yourselves please let us know! Make sure you tag us in any social media posts and follow us for more updates! You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to tag us in all your awesome product shots and use the hashtag #sen5esbottles. We love seeing our products in the wild!
All the best
The team at Sen5es