We now have 70 strawberry plants in our garden and as this is their second year we have a really large harvest. Since they are are not sprayed the strawberries are only at their best for a couple of days, so these nights I am making a lot of jam!! When you see how long bought strawberries can last in the fridge it would make you wonder about what it is actually sprayed with. I recently enquired from someone in the know and found out that the spray commonly used for strawberries is identical to a spray used to lenghten the life of roses. Of course these strawberries still contain vit c but again here's another product that is less nutritious than one would like.
Strawberry jam is so delicious and far superior than any shop bought variety. I generally use a combination of granulated sugar and jam sugar for a better set jam. I would really encourage anyone to make their own jam(any variety) to have in their press for a taste of summer during the winter months.
|The boys helping with the preparation of the fruit|
375g (15oz) fresh Strawberries
325g (13oz) sugar
30mls (1oz) water
3 tablespoon lemon juice.
1. To sterilize the jars put them through a dishwasher cycle, boil in a pan of water for 5 mins or place in a preheated oven (150°c/300° f/gas mark 2) for 10 mins.
2. Place the sugar in an ovenproof container and heat in an oven (150°c/300° f/gas mark 2) for 10 mins.
3. Place the fruit and water in a saucepan on a medium heat. Bring to the boil, simmer for 5 mins. Mash the fruit with a potato masher. Add the sugar and lemon juice. And stir over a high heat for 10-15 mins.
4. Heat the jars for a couple of mins in the hot oven, to prevent the jar from cracking. Carefully remove them using oven gloves. Pour the jam into the jars immediately and cover with a lid or jam pot cover.