|Jarred homemade strawberry jam|
^POP^ was the sound I heard from the kitchen yesterday afternoon when I was pottering around the house doing jobs. For a split second I thought 'what was that' and then it dawned on me that the jars of strawberry jam that I just made were making their airtight seal. I chose to use a variety of sized jars, including a swing top, just to mix things up a little, so that's probably why the pops came at different times.
The local fruit shop was selling a box of strawberries for $8 which was a sign telling me to make strawberry jam, and to my surprise the strawberries were almost as yummy as the handful or so that I pick from my veggie patch most days. We had strawberries for dessert, strawberries with yoghurt for breakfast the next day and then I finally managed to make time to make the jam. By which point a few of the strawberries were good for the chickens...I should have put all the punnets in the fridge when I got home but I had grand plans of making jam that night. Seriously, I should just accept the fact that after 3:30pm I am Lara's cow and anything that takes more than thirty minutes to achieve needs to be put on the back burner for the next day.
|Strawberries for $8 a tray, how could I walk past them?|
Making jam is basically using a shit load of sugar to preserve a fruit which is already packed full of its own natural sugars, seriously, it is equal parts sugar to fruit. At least I can be self righteous knowing that there aren't any preservatives in my jam. I used a recipe from Preserves by Pam Corbin as a guide because I didn't have any where near the amount of jam setter that she suggests in the house, and I wasn't going back out to the shops. I also reduced the amount of lemon juice somewhat just because it seemed like a lot, and I'm glad I did because Mark's and my taste test this morning proved that the tartness was definitely there, and anymore would be too much.
|Homemade strawberry jam on store bought Soy and Linseed bread, next stop homemade bread.|
This was the first time I made jam (Mark normally makes it) and I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I forgot the put a saucer in the fridge before I started to be able to test the setting point, so I used the spoon method and I'm pretty happy with the consistency. Not to mention the flavour that is absolutely delicious. One thing I did think to do was place the sterilised jars in a baking tray for easy pouring. I'm thinking that a jar of homemade strawberry jam will be a lovely gift with a homemade candle, so that is my next project-around planting some flowers and herbs in the veggie garden and getting some leafy green seedlings started.
|Jars of homemade strawberry jam, yummo.|