Strawberry jam…

by Sunita on June 29, 2007

A couple of days ago, the kids demanded some jam, which, unfortunately, was out of stock. Later on, in the course of the day, I decided to give a go at our favourite jam, that of strawberry…those delightful red , juicy fruits, which is the best loved of all the summer fruits in this part of the world …
I was flush with the success of the apricot jam of a few days back. So, I was confident enough to roll up my sleeves and say ‘bring it on’…

There was, of course, a basic difference between the two fruits..one was fresh and the other was dried… one was juicy, and the other had to be hydrated… however, I did keep this in mind and proceeded to make the jam. After I had completed the process, bottled and refrigerated it, I produced it for the family at breakfast, eagerly awaiting the reactions…a little twitch here, a little wrinkling there, (especially from Rengoni, who seems to be growing more and more into a food critic day by day, and, my word, is she diplomatic!!!)…well, any reaction…at last, the waiting with apprehension seemed to be too much and I gently popped the question, the answer to which I had been eagerly awaiting with bated breath for the last few moments…all three of them seemed to be quite surprised at the question, mainly because it usually sprang when I made something, and none of them realised that the jam was home made; they thought it was our usual, favourite jar of store-bought jam. Yaaaaaay!!!I don’t think I have ever jumped and shouted with so much joy… Later, I was a bit ashamed at that demonstration of silliness…but then, what the heck, they actually made my day!!!

straw-jam

The readers must be thinking that I’ve gone nuts, or that I’ve been transformed into a bragging monster, too full of myself… well, actually, the jam has really given me a great sense of satisfaction…of course, every well turned out meal is a satisfaction, but then some recipes stand out and give the maker an extra special sense of gratification…this jam has given me that…when I tasted it, I too immediately fell in love with it…I still can’t believe that I’ve actually made strawberry jam, and, more importantly, it tasted as strawberry jam should …someone, wake me up…
Before I keep on muttering some more and forget the recipe, here it is…

What’s needed-

500 gms of fresh strawberries, washed, the stems discarded and quartered
2 C sugar
2 tblsp lemon juice

How to-

Combine everything in a microwavable bowl, stir and let it stand for five minutes. The juices will begin to run from the strawberries.

Microwave, uncovered for 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, till the sugar is dissolved.

Once the sugar is dissolved, cook the jam, uncovered for another 20 minutes, again stirring every 2 minutes. Skim the foam that collects on the top.

To check whether the jam has reached the setting point, drop a small spoonful on to a plate at room temperature. On cooling, the jam should wrinkle when slightly pushed with a finger. If it does not, microwave some more until that consistency is reached. It should have reached the desired consistency after approximately 30 minutes of cooking time.

Let the jam stand for a couple of minutes and then transfer to a sterilised glass jar and leave the jar to cool completely before putting the lid.
If the jar is not going to be sealed and consuming is to be started soon, then it should be refrigerated on cooling.

There, the gorgeous jam is now ready to be spread on one’s favourites…
And shall I tell a secret…I was sooooo blown away by this creation, that I even put my own label on it…
…there, that was the last straw I believe…Now you really must think I’m bonkers…well, I’ve already received queer looks from the other three quarters of my family ages ago…

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 indosungod June 29, 2007 at 10:50 am

Wohooooo! for your srawberry jam success. It is moments like these that make cooking a real pleasure.

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2 sunita June 29, 2007 at 12:20 pm

Indosungod, thanks…I’m really ecatatic as you can very well see…

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3 Richa June 29, 2007 at 12:29 pm

hey, a quick Q, what stores can i get the popular ‘ Sunita’s jams from ?
such a quick recipe, good going!!
reminds me of me, if i don’t get a response within 2 seconds, i do pop the question and coax a “good” answer out of it ;) heh!heh!

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4 bee June 29, 2007 at 12:44 pm

dear sunita, the pics are not visible.

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5 Sharmi June 29, 2007 at 12:59 pm

thats a beautiful jam. loved the method of preparation. it has come out so well. Sunita’s strawberry jam huh? :) )

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6 Mishmash ! June 29, 2007 at 2:41 pm

Hey I cant view the pics…atleast I want to see how that label of yours has come up ! :)

Shn

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7 sunita June 29, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Bee, I have absolutely no idea why that has happened, never happened before…got any ideas :( (

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8 sunita June 29, 2007 at 4:09 pm

Sharmi, thanks…I’ve branded my creation…well, somebody’s gotta do it ;) )

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9 sunita June 29, 2007 at 4:11 pm

Shn,Bee complained about the same thing and I’m so clueless about it:(…well just imagine a very good brand of strawberry jam ha!ha! ;) )

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10 sunita June 29, 2007 at 4:16 pm

Richa, you can get it online…to ogle at, of course ;) …as for the coaxing, I’m quite proficient at it by now:))

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11 Manasi June 29, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Umm.. Sunita.. Can’t see any of the pix :(

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12 sra June 29, 2007 at 5:30 pm

Of course we can talk about our successes, it’s not bragging, it’s called taking pride and pleasure in our achievements ;

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13 DEEPA June 29, 2007 at 6:21 pm

too good …I love strawberry …this one a treat on top ….Simple and quick …

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14 sunita June 29, 2007 at 6:39 pm

Manasi, you too:(!!…I wonder what’s wrong…thanks for hopping over anyway…

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15 sunita June 29, 2007 at 6:41 pm

Sra, that was soo sweet:)…you see, I get a bit self conscious at such times…you’ve made me feel better:))…and of course, friends are indeed for sharing…

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16 sunita June 29, 2007 at 6:43 pm

Deepa, thanks…nice to have you over…

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17 Suganya June 29, 2007 at 6:56 pm

I hate to leave this comment. But I cant see the pics and I dont know why :( .. So unfair after all the work you have done.

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18 sunita June 29, 2007 at 10:29 pm

Suganya,I’ve tried to upload the pictures again…don’t know how far it’s going to work :( …however, thanks for dropping by…

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19 Cynthia June 29, 2007 at 11:35 pm

You are such an inspiration. Just look at this recipe, it’s simple and inspires to novice to try making their own jam. Thanks hon.

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20 Vcuisine June 30, 2007 at 5:08 am

This is beautiful sunita. My favorite too. Pics are awesome. Viji

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21 sunita June 30, 2007 at 8:34 am

Cynthia, thanks…sometimes the simplest of things can give us so much pleasure…nice to have you over…

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22 sunita June 30, 2007 at 8:35 am

Viji, thanks…my jam making spree is going in full swing, as you can see…

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23 WokandSpoon June 30, 2007 at 8:55 am

Ooooo! Thanks for your recipe! I’ve tried making jam before but it’s turned out too jelly-like! I’ll definitely try yours!

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24 sunita June 30, 2007 at 9:01 am

wokandspoon,thanks… do give it a try…glad to have you over..

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25 sra June 30, 2007 at 6:19 pm

Aha, the secret is out! That label gives it the authentic home-made look , now you just need to find a quaint little shop to sell these in!

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26 sunita June 30, 2007 at 8:49 pm

Sra, thanks…as I said earlier, what about an online one:)…just for display though;)

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27 Roopa July 2, 2007 at 3:28 am

wow sunitha, it looks fabulous. i am drooling at it right now!

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28 sunita July 2, 2007 at 12:17 pm

Roopa, thanks…nice to have you over…

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29 bee July 4, 2007 at 7:46 pm

i can see your pics now.

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30 sunita July 5, 2007 at 10:16 am

Bee, thank goodness for that:)

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31 jan October 9, 2009 at 12:40 am

Hey sunita – I am just making this jam as i type here..How long does the jam stay good ? I have to refrigerate it , right ?

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32 Sunita October 9, 2009 at 8:23 am

It was good for 5-6 days in the fridge. I had shared half with someone, and the half thatb we had was over quite quickly.

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33 jan October 9, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Thanks sunita for the reply..The jam looked good yesterday and tasted quite good too..But today it has hardened a lot and am not sure how am gonna use it :( Any thoughts ??

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34 Swati October 25, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Hi Sunita,

Can I make this jam with frozen Strawberry ? have lots of frozen strawberry and I want get rid of them. I can not think of any strawberry recipes. I liked your recipe.

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35 Sunita October 25, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Swati, I’ve never made it with frozen fruit, but you can always give it try.

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36 Padhu April 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Looks fabulous!! Fantastic pics

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37 Shri February 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

This was my first tryst in jam making and it turned out absolutely blissful !!! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe :) BTW are we adding the lemon juice to work as a preservative ? I have a bag of fresh figs and want to try making fig jam !?!? so wondering if I can add lemon juice in there too …

Thanks so much !

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