Strawberry jam recipe with step by step pictures
What is Strawberry Jam?
Now how do I describe jam?! For me it is a spread made of fruit or combination of fruits and strawberry jam is spread made using strawberries. It has some chunks of strawberries which gives a nice bite and awesome texture to the jam. Strawberry jam is very refreshing and can make your mornings absolutely fruity. Use it with bread slices, dinner rolls, toasts, parathas etc and relish. But believe me more than you relish eating it, you will love making homemade strawberry jam as the house is filled with the aroma of strawberries and that’s beautiful.
Let’s talk about the ingredients for Strawberry Jam Recipe
Some nice red and juicy strawberries are required to make jam along with sugar. Juice of lemon is added as it helps the jam to set. To make jam, more than the ingredients its cooking time and temperature is important. Further it is important, rather critical that the jam should set.
How to check that jam has reached the setting point? Or how to ensure that jam sets?
- The fool proof way of doing this is by using a sugar thermometer. Once it reaches 105 degree C or 220 degree F, the jam is ready to set.
- No thermometer, no problem… I too don’t have one, still my jam sets! When you start cooking jam, just pop in 2 heatproof saucers in the freezer. To check jam, switch off the flame (so that the jam doesn’t cook when you test it). Take spoonful of it on the plate. Push jam with your finger. If it forms wrinkles. The jam is ready to set.
- Observe your jam. The foam subsides and jam splatters more vigorously. The jam is ready to set.
- Take some jam on your ladle. Drop it. It drops as thick drops instead of flowing in a stream. The jam is ready to set.
- Pass a spatula in between the jam. It will divide. If the division remains and it doesn’t flow back, the jam is ready to set.
How to make strawberry jam
Ingredients for Strawberry Jam Recipe
500 g strawberries
375 g sugar
Juice of ½ lemon
Step for making of homemade strawberry jam
- Wash strawberries properly. (Although it tends to increase the water content of the fruit, I prefer to wash the strawberries. You can also wipe them with a damp cloth).
- Wipe them dry. Hull the strawberries, as in remove the tiny cone from the top of strawberries. You can even use a straw to do that (straw to hull strawberries!). Just insert at the bottom and push it through the strawberry.
- Chop them.
- In a large mixing bowl, add chopped strawberries. In this add 375 g sugar.
- Mix well. Leave for 12 hours or overnight.
- After 12 hours sugar will be almost dissolved.
- Before cooking the jam, keep two heat proof saucers in the freezer. These will be used for the wrinkle test.
- Transfer the mixture into a pan.
- Add in juice of ½ lemon.
- . And let it cook on low heat.
- Once the sugar is completely dissolved, you do not feel the granules at all, increase the heat and give it a good boil for 5-10 minutes.
- Switch off the flame and test the jam. Take spoonful on the chilled plate and push it. It should form wrinkles, means it is done, if not cook for 2 more minutes and repeat the test.
- Ladle out hot jam in sterilized jars. It will set. (At times jam might take up to one week to set). Use on your breads, cookies etc. Bon appétit.
- You can add in a chunk (1 tbsp) butter in jam once its done.