My all time favorite jam to have on toast and muffins is strawberry jam, but I do not like the store bought kinds. Instead, I like my strawberry jam homemade with fresh sweet and tart strawberries that I pick from the strawberry patches myself.
Strawberry jam is surprisingly easy to make and requires basic ingredients like cane sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch and fresh strawberries. These ingredients should be organic and fresh for you to get the best possible tasting jam possible.
To make a homemade strawberry jam you will need to place ten cups of freshly sliced strawberries into a large saucepan and coat them with a cup of cornstarch. Next, you will need to pour in a cup of lemon juice and two cups of sugar and give the strawberry mixture a good stir in the pan. After, turn the stove on simmer, cook the strawberries down so they become mushy and juicy, and continue to allow it to simmer until the mixture become slight thick like jam. If you find the jam is not thickening up any you may add in a sprinkle of cornstarch and sugar in small amounts at a time until you feel the jam is thicken to the consistency you would like. Remember, as the jam cools it will thicken up as well.
Storing and Serving
Once the jam is just the way you would like it you can remove it from the stove and allow it to cool. Once the jam is cool, you may use it right away, or scoop it into a jar and store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks until you are ready to use the jam. I personally like to eat the jam when it is warm and fresh on fresh baked toasted bread or plain toasted bagels with cream cheese. Warm strawberry jam also taste amazing served warm over warmed gooey brie cheese and crackers for a tasty little daytime or nighttime snack.
Next time you are craving strawberry jam, and it is strawberry season go pick some and makes a batch up yourself. You will not be disappointed you did so.