Strawberry Jam

This recipe is so perfectly sweet and tart and seasonal and phenomenally simple, that I just couldn’t help myself from making and sharing it with you, immediately.   Isn’t it just beautiful too?  I think so.  It cooks up within minutes and captures the purity of  how strawberries should taste, which is why I absolutely love it.  It’s like a delicious strawberry gemstone liquefied itself to smother whatever your little heart desires.  It perks up any bread…or ice cream…or yogurt…or cake…or muffins…
Well, you get the idea.   It’s almost too easy for the taste you get out of it and it’s very few ingredients, which I enjoy.  It’s seasonal (or will be soon for most of us, if it isn’t ).   It’s awe-inspiring to the taste and so ridiculously fast and easy that even the highly busy and not so heavily skilled home cooks can whip this one up without anxious clamoring or fuss.  Enjoy it within minutes while warm on some buttered toast and let it last up to two weeks!  You’ll not only amaze yourself with how awesome you are and how awesome real strawberries are, but also everyone around you will think you’re brilliant in the kitchen.

It’s spring break and I had experimented with all kinds of yeast breads (What? That’s not what you do with your vacation time?)  So, I’m overflowing with all different bread products at the moment, so fresh, homemade, strawberry jam just seemed like the perfect pairing to give away to people.  Who’s going to turn down homemade bread and fresh organic strawberry jam?   If they do, then don’t associate yourself with those people any longer because they’re obviously nuts.

 

I’m just sayin’.

 

 

Strawberry Jam

 Bon Appetit, April 2012: Recipe By Melissa Roberts

  • 1 pound fresh organic strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

 

In a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat, combine strawberries and sugar. Stir in grated Granny Smith apple.  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring and breaking up any large chunks of strawberries until sugar dissolves.  Simmer until jam is thickened, which should take about 10–15 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.  Let cool slightly until warm, about 5-7 minutes.  Pour into glass storage container(s). Cover and chill to keep.  Use within 2 weeks.

 

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12 Responses to Strawberry Jam

  1. Maura-Leigh says:

    I was searching for a quick recipe for my rapidly turning strawberries that I bought too much of! This jam is delicious. Thanks for sharing. My 2 year old enjoyed making it with me and tasting our sweet success!

  2. Always looking for refrigerator jam recipes; because when I have more fruit than I know I can use before it spoils, I think this is the best way to use it! Thanks!

  3. What a great addition to any breakfast treat! I’d love you to share this post on “Breakfast Ideas Mondays.” – http://www.yummyinspirations.net/2012/04/breakfast-ideas-mondays-1-new-link-up.html

  4. This jam is wonderful. Looks delicious, and perfect for all of your bread!

  5. Abby says:

    Yeast breads and homemade strawberry jam? I wish I was your neighbor! I love your recipe, and will be trying this as soon as it’s strawberry season here. I never would have thought Jam could be easy.

  6. I like making jam at home this looks wonderful

  7. Very beautiful indeed! Wish I were not allergic to strawberries…always so gorgeous!

  8. What a beautiful looking jam, Kate! Love that bright red color and I can just imagine that sweet-tart flavor from the strawberries! Yum! I should make a batch of this… Thanks for sharing! <3

  9. Liz says:

    Oh, the color is just stunning…not like the jams you can purchase! And I’m certain the flavor is just as vibrant its appearance….and what a perfect match for all your yeast goodies. Have an excellent weekend, Kate!

  10. Baker Street says:

    I love homemade jam. Make a batch and it makes for a delicious breakfast treat. Your pictures are just lovely.

  11. This does look tasty! I have never made jam myself, but it is my nieces favorite hobby. I will pass this one along and insist that she make me a jar. Stunning photos, wish I had some of this for breakfast to enjoy!

  12. Looks marvelous. I don’t make jam too often but whenever I do it is a true treat. I will have to try this one out.

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