Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fresh strawberry jam

I was compelled to buy the four-pound tray of strawberries at the grocery store yesterday... because they looked delicious, because they cost the same as the tiny box of strawberries, and because I thought doing so might inspire me to make something yummy with them.
Now, I don't know how this would do canned, so can only recommend it for storing and eating immediately (or within a week or two), but it is delicious!

Low Sugar Strawberry Jam (or Delicious Strawberry Treat)
- 2 pounds strawberries, cleaned and cut into chunks
- Juice of 1/2 lemon (slightly more or less depending on how much you like the citrus twang)
- 1/2 cup sugar

Mash strawberries in a bowl (I used a potato masher). Cook strawberries, lemon juice and sugar in a pot on low for approximately 5 minutes, to dissolve sugar. Cook on high, stirring regularly with a plastic spatula, for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until it starts getting gooey.

With so little sugar it won't set as firmly as regular jam, but it will result in some slightly sweet, tangy, strawberry deliciousness that is great for spreading on toast, waffles, or eating (guilt-free!) with a spoon.

Also good with a side of pancakes:

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