No, not that kind of jam session! … This jam session involves a whole lot of strawberries and some rhubarb – no guitar solos, prima donnas or whatever. Simply that gorgeous sweet and sticky stuff. I love making jam… it makes me happy!
It’s the right weather for it for once… cool and cloudy. (It’s usually sweltering and I need a ventilator to cool my jam down!) Here are the two classic jams I made.
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
I had to hunt down the last few sticks of rhubarb, but found strawberries in abundance! 😀
- 500g rhubarb, chopped
- 500g strawberries, chopped
- 500g “2 plus 1” jam/preserving sugar (This has more added pectin than normal jam sugar, so the ratio of fruit to sugar is 2:1) Alternatively use normal jam sugar and check the packet instructions.
- Juice of half a lemon
Gently stew rhubarb with 100ml water and the lemon juice, until just tender. Mix strawberries with sugar and let stand a couple of hours. Add rhubarb to strawberries mixture and bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Boil for 4 minutes (or the time recommended for your jam sugar). Fill sterilised jam jars to the brim, seal and turn upside down for an hour or so.
Taste test: smooth, slightly tart and very delicious!
- 1kg washed and hulled strawberries
- 500g “2 plus 1” jam sugar (see above) I used a special one for strawberries
- 100ml elderflower cordial (see here) (optional)
Chop half the strawberries and puree the other half. Mix with sugar and cordial and let stand a couple of hours. Then, as above, bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Boil for 4 minutes (or the time recommended for your jam sugar). Fill sterilised jam jars to the brim, seal and turn upside down for an hour or so.
Taste test: full of strawberry flavour and the elderflower rounds this off nicely. It remained bright red, and I think it is probably the best I’ve ever made! 😀 (I made another batch a couple of days ago, and for some strange reason it didn’t set, so I just added a grated apple and a bit of lemon juice and boiled it up again. Perfect!)
A sweet and foolproof way of getting your kitchen nice and sticky!
(No matter how careful and organised you are!)