There is a quaint strawberry village in the north of the island where fat luscious strawberries are harvested from April and last through the summer. This island is truly blessed with all that is good in life. We can indulge in a fresh handpicked strawberry feast every single day all through the summer.
There is something quite rewarding about preserving a taste of the summer in a jar…
1 kg strawberries
1 kg sugar
25 g pectin
juice of 3 lemons
This recipe yields 12 jars of 150g each.
I made the jam on the same day the strawberries were picked, it makes a difference.
Wash the strawberries thoroughly, hull them and cut them in half. Remove any bruising and spots and do not use over ripe strawberries.
Place them in a large pot with the lemon juice and bring to a boil on moderate heat. Stir in the sugar and pectin and stir gently until the sugar has dissolved.
Bring the strawberries to a boil until it reaches setting point.
I used the saucer method for testing the setting point. Place a saucer in the freezer and test the jam by putting a few drops on the cold plate. If the jam wrinkles when you push it with your finger, it has reach setting point. If it is still runny, return to heat, boil and retest. The best color is achieved when the jam is not over heated for a long period of time, but this is a matter of preference. I have heard some people say that they like a darker color. I prefer a redder jam as it will retain the natural strawberry color and remind us of summer !
Now you will need to sterilize the jars. Rinse them in clean warm water and allow them to drip dry and place upside down on an rack in the oven at 140C for half an hour.
Pour the jam into the jars preferably through a funnel. I wear latex gloves to prevent contamination. I poured the jam into warm jars while it was still warm.
If you are going to store the jam, I suggest placing a disc of waxed baking paper onto the jam before covering with a lid.
You will need to store the jam in a cool dark place.
The result is packed with flavor, pure compact strawberries in this tiny jar. You can taste the goodness. Even a spread on a plain slice of toast becomes an indulgent treat.
Ready to indulge …..