Jojo’s home-made Strawberry Jam!

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Last Christmas, I decided to gift my family and close friends something a little different from the regular homemade sweets. I love vintage packaging and I had some from my trip to Dubai so I decided to try my hand at strawberry jam. Strawberry season was in full bloom and I thought to myself; “Why not ?”

So here’s the recipe for my Christmas Strawberry jam recipe. I hope you enjoy making it and eating it too! These make wonderful gifts!

Ingredients:

2 kgs Strawberry’s (whole)

2 kgs Sugar

Juice of 4 lemons (Keep the juice of 1 lemon for later)

1 Tbsp of butter

2 small bowls (put these in the deep freeze to check consistency of Jam)

Makes about 2.5 kgs of Jam

Method:

  1. Wash the strawberry’s throughly. If they’re too big, you can cut them in half. Coat the washed strawberry’s in the sugar and lemon juice and leave overnight. Cover them with a lid or a tea towel. (I used a lid)
  2. The next day, remove strawberry’s from the fridge and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into a heavy bottomed pot.Β 15542304_10157767346690391_7677212957068249869_n
  3. On medium heat, keep stirring the strawberry mixture till it comes to a boil.
  4. Once the mixture starts boiling, increase the heat and let it hard boil for about 5 – 7 mins.
  5. Reduce the heat and take a small dollop of the jam and put it in the cold saucer. Let it rest for a few minutes and then gently push your finger through the jam and if it wrinkles, its done! If not, put it back on the heat for another 2 minutes.
  6. I added a little more lemon juice after it came to a boil as I like my Jam sweet and sour. You can skip this step if you want to.
  7. Take off the heat and add the butter.
  8. Pour into sterilised jam jars, let it cool for about 15 minutes and cover with lids.15622599_10157767346535391_8451441833482564561_n
  9. Decorate 200 ml mason jars with hand written or store bought labels, and voila! You’ve got your very own home-made strawberry jam! (I’ve used a mix of 50, 100 and 200 ml jars here.Β 15622413_10157767346265391_8846752710887468266_n

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