Homemade Strawberry Jam تطلي فراولة not only is it a money savior the taste of the homemade jam is much better than any jam you can buy anywhere, or at least that’s how I feel about it. This jam goes great with my Gluten Free Pancakes .
A History of jam and Preserves
The first written recipe for jam is recorded in the first known cookbook; The Art of Cooking. Attributed to Marcus Gavius Apicius and dates from fourth century AD Rome. This book contains over 500 recipes, many using Indian spices, as well as a recipe for soft fruit heated with honey. The mixture was then cooled and stored, to create one of the earliest recorded forms of jam. This early type of jam was often served as a delicacy at the end of a meal.
Spring is here and berries are filling the market. Every year I make a few jars of strawberry jam so it can last for the entire year. Strawberry jam is my favorite as well as other members of my family.
As I mentioned in other posts, I do love jam it is my favorite thing in the morning to have on toast with butter along with my coffee. That’s basically my breakfast, I grew up eating. My mother never bought any jam from the store. Also I think that’s how things were with people making the most of that stuff at home.
When I moved to the US, and of course, I needed jam. So many different kinds of jams available at the average US store. They all looked so tempting and interesting. I started trying many different kinds, but none of the ones I bought I really liked! I tried some from high-end stores, from wholefood, farmers markets, organics, fresh..etc. but none of them seemed close enough to what I grew up eating.
The idea of making my own jam was a bit intimidating, I do remember those days when my mom used to make jam, the entire house would be on high stress mode lol. “Be careful not to get water into the jam”, “don’t enter the kitchen”, “make sure you stay away from the pot”. The he biggest pot in the entire world is sitting on the stove, filled with jam cooking on low heat. Being a big family my mom would make lots of jam during the particular season of a fruit. This quantity of jam would last throughout the year.
Now I understand my mother’s fears behind protecting the jam. If a drop of water enters the jam after it’s completely cooked, this will spoil the jam and won’t last more than a week. Mold will start building inside the jar and it’s not good for anything. So that’s important to remember.
One day by coincidence only, I had some strawberries left in my fridge that I picked up from a farm at a time when I lived in North Carolina. I had so many of them I was tired of eating them. I didn’t want the strawberries to go bad, so I decided to jam them. I washed them, chopped them and pour some sugar on them. Cooked them on low, and there you go, I ended up with some yummy jam. The good news is that it’s so easy to make. I got so excited and continued to try this method throughout the years.
Prepping strawberry jam:
When it comes to strawberries I prefer to use the organic ones since studies have shown that berries absorb big quantities of chemical fertilizers.
Wash the strawberries well then cut the stem out and chop them into small cubes. Once all of the strawberries are chopped use a measuring cup to fill the pot. Make sure to count how many cups you end up with. It’s usually recommended to use an equal amount of cups of sugar to cups of strawberries.
I don’t like to use so much sugar so I used half the amount of sugar to cups of strawberries. I tend to measure by eye when I making jam, I think the trick is in the cooking. However, for the purpose of this recipe I measured this time. Having about 2 pounds of strawberries, turn out to be 8 cups after chopping I used 4 cups of sugar.
Place the strawberries in a pot and cover them with sugar. Turn the heat on high, keep stirring until the sugar fully dissolves. Once the mixture starts boiling turn the heat to low. Cover the mixture occasional stirring once every 15-20 minutes. continue until the mixture is thick not runny. That’s why I keep this step to around 1.5 to 2 hours.
Test the consistency of the jam by taking a small amount of jam with a clean dry spoon and place it in a plate. Let it cool off to check the consistency. In my jams I do not use any preservatives. That’s why the extra cooking time I believe it helps with preserving the jam. However, I do store them in the refrigerator. You can store the jam in the refrigerator for up to a year.
Once the jam is at the proper constancy turn heat off and let it cool. The jam should cool for about 10 minutes. It is very important to pour the jam into jars before it is completely cooled off. Make sure the jars are clean and fully dry. What’s important with the jam that no water will come near it after it’s cooked, otherwise it’ll be spoiled and won’t last long.
Pour it into jars and leave the jars uncovered until it’s fully dry. Jars can be covered with a towel and left until the next morning to be sealed with its original cover. Jam can be stored in the fridge and last up to a full year.
This makes about 3-5 small jars, depends on the size of the jar.Print
My Homemade Strawberry Jam it’s Extremely Simple and Delicious
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 120
- Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
- Yield: 3 –5 small jars 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Preserving
- Cuisine: American
Homemade Strawberry Jam تطلي فراولة not only it’s a money savior the taste of the homemade jam is much better than any jam you can buy anywhere or at least that’s how I feel about it
- 8 cups of chopped strawberries
- 4 cups of sugar
- Wash strawberries well and rinse with water.
- Cut stems out and chop into small cubes.
- Pour sugar over strawberries and place in a large pot on high heat, stir well and once it starts boiling turn the heat on low.
- Continue this process for about 1.5-2 hours with occasional stirring once every 15-20 minutes.
- Jam’s consistency can be tested by taking out some with a clean spoon and place on a plate.
- Turn off heat and let it cool off for about 5-10 minutes, then pour the jam into small clean jars. Make sure jam is not touched with any water.
- Keep the jars uncovered until they’re fully cooled off.
- Cover jars and place in the fridge.
- They can last up to a full year in the fridge.
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