Homemade Strawberry Jam

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Amanda

Homemade Strawberry Jam

I have never made strawberry jam but as I have made some scones I thought it would be nice to have a go.

I was looking in Lakeland yesterday and there is all manner of equipment which has really confused me!

Is it easy to make? Does anyone have a recipe they can share

Many thanks

Amanda

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sam from worthing

Strawberry Jam

There is a recipe in my profile.

Its probably one of the easier jams to make.

You don't necessarily need lots of shiny new expensive equipment. Unless you start really getting into making your own jams and Chutneys and Pickles etc.

I have a big hob stock pot that doubles as a 2 tier steamer, with lid. Its a bit like this one from delias shop to give you an idea.

http://shop.deliaonline.com/store/home-and-garden/cookware/le-vrai-gourmet-stainless-steel-24cm-stock-pot/id/AW_121364410"!search

needs a good solid base to stop burning - a diffuser can be useful too.

I would advise a funnel.

you don't need a jam thermometre as you can do the saucer set test (put a couple of saucers int he freezer, and spoon a spoonful of jam onto it to see if setting point has been achieved.

I use any "jam jar" that i have saved from going in the recycling bin - from old mustard jar, to gherkin jars, to curry paste jars - just make sure that the rubbery seal on the jar lid is in tact and not scratched or scuffed. you can buy pretty labels and jar tops to finish the jam off - especially nice if your giving your neighbour or friend some of your jams etc.

a ladle is very handy (for both using with a funnel, or without)

a glass pyrex measuring just is also great if you don;t want to use a funnel - pour VERY carefully or ladle jam into the measuring jug and pour into your jars.

sterlising jars is very simple.

wash in hot water - dry the jars and lid with a clean tea towel, set oven to 140c put the jars on a baking sheet up right and "bake"
the jars to thoroughly dry out and sterlise for 20 mins or so - they will be VERY hot. don;t do that to the lids though, just make sure thoroughly dried.

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Amanda

Thank you

Thanks Sam, I really appreciate you taking the time to provide so many details.

I definately feel able to have a go now.

One other question - I have the clip top kilner jars, do I have to put paper over before sealing or can I just seal the lid?

Thanks again.

Amanda

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sam from worthing

amanda

If using Kilner jars, yes i would put a waxed disc on the top of the jam before clamping the lid shut.

In fact you just reminded me, if your using old jars - and the rubbery plastic circle on the underside of the lid is scratched - again use waxed circles.

once opened keep your jam in the fridge.

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Amanda

Thanks

Great thank you.

Amanda

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Amanda

Another question!

Instead of waxed discs, can I cut cirles from greaseproof paper instead?

Also, how long does the jam last unopened and opened please.

Sorry for all the questions, I just want to make sure I do it properly.

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sam from worthing

jam

yes you can.

 
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