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STRAWBERRY JAM

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1 STRAWBERRY JAM on 19th September 2009, 9:59 pm

STRAWBERRY JAM

A very, very easy way to make homemade jams. You do not have to use strawberries - use any of your favourite fruits.
The 'secret' of this way of making jam is the sugar which has the added pectin - this ensures that the jam sets correctly every time.

This method will make about 3 lbs of fruit jam.

Ingredients:
3 lbs of strawberries
3 lbs sugar with pectin
juice and rind from ½ a lemon

Method:
1. Pull any stalks off the strawberries then wash them in cold water. Drain them well and then cut each strawberry into quarters.
2. Put the strawberries into a large bowl in layers. Between each layer add a layer of the sugar with pectin.
3. Leave the strawberries and sugar together in the bowl for about 3 hours.
4. Empty the bowl and all its contents into a large pan. Add the lemon juice and rind. Stir well to mix in the lemon and then boil the whole mixture rapidly for about 5 minutes. Simmer gently for another 15 minutes.
5. Turn off the heat and allow the jam to cool for about 15 minutes and remove any scum or froth that forms on the top of the surface of the jam.
6. Stir carefully to ensure that the strawberries are well spread throughout the jam mixture then pour into clean WARM jars.
7. Cover each jar, label and date.
8. Use this jam within 6 months of making.

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