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We’re are so lucky at Layhead to have the space to grow our own strawberries, which means… homemade strawberry jam!
As many of our guests know, homemade jam tastes like strawberries, not like the tasteless, mass-produced jars you pick up in large supermarkets.
If you don’t have the space to grow strawberries, why not take the family out and pick your own. There are lots of places all around the UK that allow you do this.
Before you go fruit picking, take a look at the recipe below and make sure you pick enough fruit to make your batch of jam.
We love this really easy recipe. You can find on the BBC Good Food website.
Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe
• 1.8kg small whole strawberries
• juice of 3 lemons
• 1.84kg jam sugar (not to be confused with preserving sugar)
• knob of butter
Wash, drain and hull the fruit and put in a large non-metallic bowl. Sprinkle over the lemon juice and sugar, gently mix. Cover with a tea towel and leave overnight. (This helps keep the strawberries whole.)
Put a saucer in the freezer. Tip the fruit and juice into a preserving pan or a 4.5 litre/8 pint heavy based pan. Heat gently, stirring, to dissolve the sugar. Do not boil until it has.
Turn up the heat, then boil hard for exactly 4 minutes (use a timer). Take off the heat to test for setting point. Spoon a little jam onto the cold saucer. After a couple of minutes gently push your finger through the jam and if the surface wrinkles it is ready. If not, return to the boil for 2 minutes, then re-test.
Take off the heat and swirl in the butter. If the scum doesn’t dissolve, skim with a slotted spoon. Cool for 10-15 minutes. (Pot when too hot and all the fruit rises to the top.)
Stir gently to distribute the fruit, then pour into warm sterilised jars. Put waxed discs on straight away, cover with lids or cellophane circles, then seal, label and wipe the jars. Keeps for 6 months in a cool dry cupboard.
Jam may come on the ‘not-so-good-for-you’ food list, but we feel that as it gets you out into the great outdoors, helps you spend quality time with your children (or grandchildren) and you know what ingredients are going into it, the good far outweighs the bad.
If you have any fabulous photos of your homemade jam that you’d like to share with us, send them to email@example.com. Have fun!