Many of you are probably a fan of jam at breakfast. Making most jams is easy and you can easily make your own homemade jam. In this article, we want to get acquainted with how to prepare strawberry jam. All you need is strawberries, sugar and a little lemon juice. Do not miss the continuation of this article.
Before you start, know that each tablespoon of strawberry jam has 35 calories and 9 grams of carbohydrates. It also has zero fat, salt, protein and fiber.
Ingredients needed to prepare strawberry jam
Ingredients needed to prepare 3 to 4 jars of jam:
– 750 grams of sugar;
– Juice of 1 lemon;
– 1 kg of strawberries;
– 1 small butter mold (optional).
To make strawberry jam, we only need strawberries, sugar and lemon. Some people add “pectin” to make jam. However, our instructions do not require the use of pectin; Because sour lemon is a natural source of pectin. Pectin helps to bind the jam (formation of unique jam texture) and prevent the growth of molds.
How to prepare strawberry jam
First, clean the strawberries with a clean cloth. It is better to use this method instead of washing strawberries; Because washing the strawberries and absorbing a large amount of water with the strawberries prevents the jam from reaching the desired texture. After cleaning, remove the strawberry stalk with a knife or other utensil. Then chop the strawberries.
Put the strawberries in a bowl and add the sugar and mix gently. Without closing the bowl, let the strawberry and sugar mixture stand at room temperature for about 12 hours. This helps to dissolve the sugar in the strawberries and maintain the ideal texture and color of the strawberry jam.
Before starting the process of making jam, put 2 saucers in the freezer. Pour the strawberry mixture with the lemon juice into a deep pan. Let the strawberry mixture cook slowly. If some sugar remains around the pan, soak the cooking brush in hot water and remove the sugar from those areas.
The fourth step
When the sugar is completely dissolved and no particles are left, increase the heat until the jam starts to bubble and boil. The sugar must be completely dissolved before the heat rises; Otherwise, the process of closing the jam will be difficult and crystal lumps of sugar may remain in it.
Boil the jam for 5 to 10 minutes. The jam should reach a temperature of 105 degrees Celsius. If you do not have a thermometer, pour a tablespoon of jam into a chilled saucer. Wait 30 seconds. Dip your finger into the jam. If the empty part is not filled with the surrounding jam with your fingers, the jam is ready. Otherwise, let the jam rest on the flame for another 2 minutes and repeat this experiment until you reach the desired result.
If there is foam on the surface of the jam, remove it with a spoon and discard. Do this only once at the end and avoid doing it continuously to reduce the amount of waste.
If desired, add a small mold of butter to the jam and stir to melt. This helps to dissolve the remaining foam. Leave the jam for 15 minutes so that the pieces of fruit float completely in the jam and then not all of it collects on the surface of the jam jar. Meanwhile, sterilize the jam jars by heating.
Pour the jam into the heated jars with a ladle. Then place a wax plate on it to prevent the jam from becoming moldy.
Then close the jar and store the jam in a cool, dry place. After opening the jam, store it in the refrigerator and consume it. You can create interesting flavors in strawberry jam with a little creativity and depending on your taste, by adding one of the following options:
- Some vanilla;
- 1 tablespoon black pepper;
- 2 tablespoons dried tarragon.
Ideas for consuming strawberry jam
Strawberry jam can be easily made and can be eaten with many foods. Its applications include:
- Gifts to others.
- Use in muffins and cappuccino;
- Pour over ice cream or cheesecake;
- Consumption of bread and jam and butter or cream cheese;
- Pour over plain yogurt or vanilla yogurt;
- Pour over pancakes and waffles with aerated cream.
Answers to questions about how to make strawberry jam
1. Can strawberry jam be kept in the freezer?
Yes. You can put the jam in the freezer for long-term storage. Do not forget to leave more of the top of the jam empty; Because due to freezing, the jam increases in volume a bit. Some time before using the jam, take it out of the freezer to open the ice.
۲. How can jams be sterilized for long-term storage?
To sterilize the jam and keep it for a long time, you must do the following steps:
- First clean the glass and its lid;
- Pour the strawberry jam into the jar and leave it 0.5 cm above the top. Using a perforated spatula, press the jam into the jar to remove any remaining air from the jam;
- Close the jam door. Close the door until you feel it resists your force. If you close the jam too loosely, it will open, and if it becomes too tight, the air will not be able to escape well;
- Put the glass in boiling water for 5 minutes. Then turn off the flame and let the jars stay in the water for another 5 minutes;
- Take the glass out of the water and let it cool for 12 to 24 hours. Close the glass door tightly. You can keep the jam in a cool, dry place for 1 year. Always check the health of the jam before using it.
3. How long can homemade jam be stored?
It is better to consume it within 10 to 14 days after opening the jam jar. If you have not opened the jar yet, you can keep it in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 months and in the freezer for 1 year.
4. Can frozen strawberries be used to make jam?
Yes. You can use frozen strawberries to make jam. However, the cooking time increases; Because frozen strawberries become waterier. Also, you should use a thermometer to see if your jam has reached the desired temperature.
5. Can this recipe be used for other fruits as well?
This process of making jam is suitable for most fruits. However, you should consider the amount of sweetness and sugar in the fruit when making the jam. If the fruit is not sweet enough, you should add more sugar during the process.
6. Why does not strawberry jam sometimes close?
There are several reasons for this. You may need to cook the jam longer. Strawberries may not have enough natural sugar and you may need to add pectin. If you follow the instructions correctly and the jam does not stick, leave the strawberry jam overnight in the refrigerator. If it still doesn’t harden, take it out of the fridge and cook more, or add some pectin or sugar and lemon.