Summer is here and comes with this beautiful season, an abundance of fresh berries and fruits. This is truly the season to enjoy nature's best and not to mention berries are SOOOOO good for us. With some free time on my hand, I attempted strawberry jam for the first time and enjoyed every bite of this English muffin. The flavor was so intense and unlike store bought good, every bite contain real fruit. With health in mind, I cut down the amount of sugar used. Healthy and delicious, how savvy is this!!!! After sharing this with gal pals, everyone asked for the recipe.
As mentioned before, when cooking, I don't really pay attention to measurement. I do enjoy playing with ingredients to suit my own taste. Granted I had some disasters but most of the time, results were quite favorable. So we start with 2 overflowing cups of strawberries like picture above. I would have used fresh ones but had some in the freezer.
Add sugar (about 3/4 cup), fresh lemon juice (half lemon), finely grated apple (one small apple or half large one) in pot on low heat, stir with a wooden spoon until sugar has melted. Cook for about 5 minutes then add strawberries. Adding apple will help to thicken jam and there is an added apple scent which is just heavenly. You can also dice apple into tiny chunks. It really depends on the type of consistency you are looking for.
Natural juice from strawberries will come out. Continue to cook on low heat until come to a boil.
Please don't be alarm to see so much liquid. I was scared initially thinking it would become another disaster episode but juice cooked down. Remember to stir often to prevent bottom from sticking.
After about 40 minutes, this is what you will get. It is still slightly runny, but jam will continue to thicken as it cools. If you want to place jam in jars to giveaway, you can find tips online. I figured I would eat this fresh so I just spooned cooled jam in a glass container, covered. It will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. This jam is also great with crepe, pancake, and I would mix this with fresh strawberries to make a deliciously pretty strawberry trifle. I made a conscious choice to cut down amount of sugar so this jam is sweet and slightly tart, just the way I like it. I have seen other recipe calling for up to 2 cups of sugar which I think will make the jam too sweet. Enjoy!!!
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