22 August 2008

Strawberry jam

Before I write anything I feel I must apologise, as I have failed to blog anything for a few weeks now, life just got in the way, in a wee spare moment I decided I had to use up the strawberries sitting in the fridge before they got wasted, jam seemed the obvious answer so I turned to the gorgeous James Martin. I love James' recipes and his passion for British food, and as a jam making novice I thought his recipe would be fail safe.


This recipe, found here , simply uses preserving sugar, lemon juice and strawberries. The jam making process was straight forward and it smelled absolutely wonderful, the only problem I had with it was it didn't set quite as thick as I would have liked it, I love a thick set jam, my foodie friends on a forum I frequent advised me to boil the jam back up for 10 minutes and it should set perfectly, I did this and also added a extra half a lemon of juice to it .
This worked perfectly, a lovely thick, chunky strawberry jam.
The kids and I decided this was the most delicious jam ever, they particularly liked getting whole strawberries in their jam on toast....who wouldn't.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mmmm your jam looks so lovely I can almost smell and taste the 'real' strawberries from here.

You are educating your kids in the art of jam appreciation well. Keep it up!

Well Done you.

minnie

JillyB said...

That jam has me drooling here. I'd just love some on a fresh scone!

Beth said...

Ive never really made jam but Ive vowed to make some this year!! The strawberry jam looks fantastic - I love it thick set too

J.Danger said...

I have always wanted to try and make Jam. I always felt intimidated by it, but you make it seems totally possible!

Thanks!

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

The jam looks great! I've never made it but have always wanted to. Nice to see you back :)

Linda F said...

Home made jam is such a simple pleasure isn't it? Yours looks fab!
I make my strawberry jam from frozen berries and it is lovely. I pop a vanilla pod into it too, which gives it a gorgeous flavour!

Rosie said...

Just wonderful homemade jam!! i'm with Jilly and have some on a scone mmmmmmm....

Rosie x

Maria said...

Can't beat home-made jam and yours looks delish!

Maria
x

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Minnie - my kids love proper jam,they always point out the 'posh' jam as the farmers market.
Jilly - Scones have been on my mind since you mentioned that, I fancy afternoon tea.
Linda - I never thought of adding a vanilla pod,will try that next time!

Kerry said...

Your jam looks great. I must try making my own this year. Now youv'e inspired me.

Amy said...

Oh lovely Erika! Well done you :)

JillyB said...

Erica, there's an award waiting for you on my blog!

violets said...

Your strawberry jam is just beautiful, I love the little glass bowl you've displayed it in, nothing tastes like home made jam.


Vi xx