Let’s move down the spectrum from yellow and orange to RED.
Strawberry season might be over around here, but I have another long lost jars of preserves that I had to look for and unearth from the abyss of lost jars.
I remember making this jam a couple of years ago when I got a few crates of strawberries and sat on the floor with legs crossed washing the strawberries, picking the stems off, and cutting them in half. Just like zesting the whole crate of lemons, this task is kind of relieving for me as it takes my mind off things for a while.
I asked mom for the recipe she used to use when she made jams. Usually one would use the same weight of fruits in sugar, but it differs depending on the sweetness or tartness of the fruits. I don’t thing there is a problem in adding more sugar, except maybe getting an overly sweet jam overpowering the flavor of the fruits. But adding less sugar will make the jam rot easily. Therefore, for strawberries, I used 800g per 1 kilogram, and some of them have been sitting on the shelf since I made them in 2017 – hides his face
When I used to see mom making jam, I used to feel that it’s an extremely exhausting task, but once you have the strawberries halved, weigh them, soak them in sugar overnight in the fridge, and the next day boil them in a non-reactive pot until they thicken. You have to keep an eye and stir occasionally, and make sure to remove the grey scum that comes out of boiling the sugar with the fruits. Other than that, it isn’t that hard.
I had to add my touch to this jam by adding a few herbs from my garden. In one jar, I added basil leaves as I poured the hot jam in. In another, I used mint leaves and in another I put in some freshly ground black pepper. Thinking of it now, a cinnamon stick doesn’t sound like a bad idea, or some cloves or allspice.
I remember taking one of those jars after I made them to the camping group and IT WAS GONE within a week, with the other jar peanut butter I made
Get the recipe and try it yourself if you can get your hands on some good strawberries!