I have to admit that when it comes to all things jam, the thought of making my own never crossed my mind. When something called for jam, that entailed a trip to the store to buy something that was premade. That all changed once I saw that it really isn’t so difficult thanks to the Barefoot Contessa. She has a recipe for Easy Strawberry Jam and since the recent snow-in of Philadelphia afforded one to carry on more than one kitchen experiment, I thought this might be worth a try.
I had most of the ingredients on hand and, instead of the Grand Marnier, I substituted the zest and juice of one orange. The depth of flavor is amazing and this recipe is going to be in my tried and true file. Sadly, it only keeps in the fridge for about 2 weeks so I’ll be using what’s left for some baking projects and even a PB&J or two.
- 3 pints fresh strawberries
- 3 cups superfine sugar
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or zest and juice of one orange
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and small-diced
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- Clean and rinse the strawberries in a colander under cold running water.
- Drain and hull the strawberries.
- Cut the berries into quarters or halves depending on the size. You can leave the smaller berries whole if you wish.
- Place the strawberries in a heavy Dutch oven. Add the sugar and the Grand Marnier or the zest and juice of the orange.
- Over medium heat, bring the berries to a boil. Make sure to stir often.
- Add the apples and blueberries and continue to keep the berry mixture at a rolling boil, stirring occasionally until the mixture reaches 220 degrees on a candy thermometer. This should take about 25 to 35 minutes.
- Skim and discard any foam that rises to the top.
- Take the mixture off the heat and allow to cool to room temp.
- Place in containers or jars for the fridge and store covered. It should keep for at least 2 weeks.
- To keep the jam longer, pack and seal in canning jars according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Recipe slightly adapted from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa
Gather The Ingredients
Rinse the Berries Well
Don’t Forget To Skim Off The Foam
The End Result
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