I was enchanted by most luscious looking Strawberries during my recent trip to Costco. I couldn't resist and bought the 64oz pckt. With such a abundant qty in one's hand the first thing that comes to one's mind is Jam. My last yield of Raspberry Jam was almost getting over with just few spoonfuls left - so this looked to be a good time.
Home made Jams have this advantage of controlling the level of sugar. I like it with less sugar - here I have used Brown Sugar (its little healthier than white - and little is better than nothing ;-)). There are various combo one can use to get that sweetness to the jam which I have given below. All have worked for me.
- about 4 cups of strawberry , hulled
- About 1-1/2 cup brown sugar ( You can substitute 1 cup Orange juice + 1/2 cup brown sugar ; 1 cup orange juice + 1/2 cup Splenda ; 1 cup Splenda + 1/2 sugar ; U get the idea. My strawberries were v sweet, so I used only 1 cup brown sugar)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
Slice the strawberries into quarters and place them in a large bowl.
Add the lemon juice and mash the berries well.
Transfer them into a stovetop Pan or Microwave bowl and mix the sugar and stir well.
M/W for 2 min and then stir well till the sugar is dissolved. Then microwave for 30-45 min ( depending on ur m/w) and keep stirring it every 5 min.5.Do the spoon test. The Jam is done when the the juice is v thick when you dip a metal spoon in the fruit and lift to see a thick not-runny consistancy. The spoon should be cold - take a spoonful and cool. When the cold jam is of the gel like consistancy - the jam is done. If it is still runny microwave it further for 5 min before testing again.
Transfer to a sterilized jar and enjoy it with your bread during breakfast or in way you like :)This goes off to Valli's Microwave Event : Bottled and to Sia's WBB - Summer Feast event***********************Dear Dee sent me my much awaited Arusuvai Package. There is something real special to get such treats from blogger friends. She sent me a whole caboodle of goodies starting from Aam papad ( which I finished off the moment it came!), a box of curry powder,a delicious mix of cereal with oats,maple syrup and crunchy nuts and one m/w safe lunch box - all accompanied by her sweet letter. Recipes coming soon.
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