There's something special about homemade strawberry jam. The color and the sweet flavors make it one of my favorites. In this recipe, we'll walk you through the process of making your own strawberry jam.
How to Make Strawberry Jam:
Gather fresh strawberries: Start by selecting ripe, fragrant strawberries.
Prepare the strawberries: Rinse the strawberries under cold water and pat them dry.
Cook the strawberries: In a large saucepan, add the strawberries to the pan and smash until desired consistency.
Add favorite sugar or honey and 1 lemon to pan. Stir the mixture over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely.
Simmer the mixture: Allow the strawberry mixture to simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and reaches the desired jam consistency. This process typically takes around 20-30 minutes.
*if you used honey you can add 2 tbsp of chia seeds to help thicken the jam and add some fiber!*
Test for doneness: To check if the jam is ready, place a small amount on a chilled plate and let it cool for a minute. If it thickens and holds its shape, it is ready to be preserved.
Pectin in Strawberry Jam
Pectin, is a natural thickening agent found in fruits, and is used in jam-making. Strawberries are naturally high in pectin, making it unnecessary to add extra pectin to your strawberry jam recipe. The natural pectin content in strawberries helps the jam achieve a perfect consistency without the need for additional additives.
Shelf Life of Homemade Strawberry Jam
Homemade strawberry jam can be stored for a considerable amount of time if preserved correctly. When properly sealed and stored in sterilized jars, it can last up to one year. However, it's essential to check for any signs of spoilage, such as mold growth or an off odor, before consuming the jam. Once opened, refrigerate the jam and consume it within a few weeks for the best taste and quality.
The Sugar-to-Fruit Ratio in Jam
The sugar-to-fruit ratio plays a crucial role in achieving the perfect balance of sweetness and preserving the jam. While the exact ratio can vary depending on personal preference and the natural sweetness of the strawberries, a general guideline is to use approximately 1 part sugar to 2 parts fruit. However, this ratio can be adjusted to taste, keeping in mind that sugar acts as a preservative and contributes to the jam's texture and shelf life.
With just a few simple steps, you can transform fresh strawberries into a yummy homemade jam that will elevate your breakfast or bring more sweetness to your desserts. Experiment with different fruits and enjoy :)