How to make strawberry jam

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This page lets you know in easy steps how to make strawberry jam.

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You donít need any fancy equipment to make jam, only a large pan and perhaps a thermometer to test the setting point, although a cold saucer will do just as nicely.

Donít go buying expensive jars for your jam. Just clean used jars such as pickle jars or sauce jars. As long as they are glass, they are ideal for jam.

You must heat your jam jars before pouring hot jam into them. Place the clean empty jars into a pre heated oven of 110C 225F or Gas ľ .

Once the jam is in your jars you can screw down the lid; however if you are using cellophane covers then wait until the jam is cool.

Setting Point

Before we discover how to make strawberry jam we must talk about the setting point. So how do you know your jam has reached setting point?

Take a cold saucer and put a teaspoon of the jam onto the saucer. Now take your finger and push the jam. If the jam has reached setting point then it will wrinkle. If not just boil your jam for a few more minutes.

If you prefer the scientific way of finding the setting point then you need a jam thermometer. Take the temperature of the jam. For a light setting, the temperature should reach 104C or 220F. for a firmer setting the temperature should reach 105C or 222F.

If you find it hard to find the setting point and your jams refuse to set then the pectin content is probably too low. Try adding some preserving sugar which has pectin included. Return the jam to the heat and boil again.

Label and Date

Label and date all your jam jars. After all you might forget it is strawberry jam and you always want to know the date of when it was made. Jam with pectin included will keep for up to a year. Jams without pectin can be stored for a few months.

How to make Strawberry Jam

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You will need:
  • 1kg strawberries
  • 1kg granulated sugar
  • 3 tbls lemon juice
Take the leaves off the strawberries.
Put the strawberries into a large pan.
Sprinkle the sugar over the strawberries.
Leave for a few hours or overnight.

Add the lemon juice.
Heat the pan and simmer until the strawberries are soft.
Bring the jam to the boil, stirring all the time.
Boil until setting point is reached.

Once setting point is reached, pour the jam into jam jars which have been heated. Screw the tops on the jars and label.
If you are using cellophane tops then allow the jam to cool before putting the tops in place.

I hope you have enjoyed learning how to make strawberry jam and enjoy eating it even more.

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