This Monday, I made strawberry jam for the first time. It is always exciting to try new things – though I had made jam several times before, I had never tried making strawberry jam before. I decided that I would chronicle the event with my camera (and have a little bit of photography practice at the same time :smile: ); here are some of the photos I took!
Juicy red strawberries – hulled, washed and ready to be made into jam. We don’t actually have room to grow loads of strawberries, so these were bought from a local greengrocer.
My little ‘helper’ :-) He was most sweet, saying things like “It’s got sugar in it” and “I can drop it very carefully.” (The second referring to the lemon squeezer, though I gathered he meant ‘carry’ rather than ‘drop’!) He tired of jam-making after a while and left me to go and play.
Jam in the making. This jam was rather troublesome – it was determined to boil over. As I didn’t let it boil over, it eventually burnt instead. Oh well…
Despite it burning, the jam was delicious, but rather runny. I was aware that getting the jam to set was likely to be tricky because of the low pectin content in the strawberries. Perhaps next time I will try adding pectin, or even try making my own pectin extract from under-ripe apples to add to the jam (see this site for instructions on how to do this). Not that anyone in my family seemed to mind the jam being a little runny. The jar we opened certainly disappeared quickly enough!