Sunday, July 22, 2012

Make Your own Jam

A great summer jam is delicious. Bagels have been a large part of my breakfast this summer, it's time to make some jam to add! Here is a little variation of a simple jam recipe, that makes it even better.
What you will need: 2lbs of Strawberries, 1 1/2 lemons zested and juiced , 2 cups of sugar. This amount made the two jars above and another smaller one, but I ate that one. 
I love a recipe that is delicious and super easy to make. The longest part is the waiting. Cut up your strawberries into small pieces (at first I had mine as big as the picture above but then I cut them even smaller).

 Zest and juice your lemons, and add the lemons and the sugar in your sauce pan. Put the oven top on low and allow for your sugar to melt.After 7-10 minutes add your strawberries in and boost the temperature up to medium heat. After 10 more minutes taste and check your consistency. 
I've checked around and people say that if you put a plate in the freezer you can test your jam by taking a little from the pan and setting it on you cold plate. If it runs easily when you tilt the plate then you need to allow it to cook longer. I tried this and mine was still a more liquid consistency, but I've heard a lot of people using this technique when they make jam.
Even though mine didn't pass the cold plate test it is still delicious. With the added half of the lemon added, it gave the jam an extra lemon taste that I enjoy. If you only add one lemon, or even a half of a lemon the flavor pallet will change. With a simple recipe like this you can exchange strawberries for blueberries or change the lemon for some raspberries. It's up to you. If you make jam let me know, I would love to see the pictures!

1 comment:

  1. I've always wanted to do this! Thank you for sharing your tips! Found you through the Networking Blog Hop at Mrs. Robinson & am a new follower!


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