May is already here and before you know summer will be too. Taking advantage of the summer sun and eating outside with a pitcher of cool drinks is going to become the new norm, so why not add homemade jam to that routine.
Strawberries, peaches and many other fruits are going to be in-season and what better way to use them besides making them into spreads. One easy recipe that is sure to be successful is Foolproof Strawberry Jam.
The ingredients for this recipe calls for a bundle of strawberries, sugar, vinegar, butter, salt, and water. Which should all be things that can easily be found in your pantry. However, the only specialty ingredient is pectin. It may not seem important now, but when making jam you’ll find that pectin is the one thing that makes the jam hold its jammy texture. Luckily, you can find this ingredient either in a grocery store or find it for a cheap price online.
Once you have all of your ingredients, combine your hulled strawberries along with everything but the butter in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Cook the mixture until the strawberries break down and the mixture starts looking like you would imagine a jam to look like.
It should take somewhere around 15 minutes, but your timing will vary depending on your stove and pan. Once it the mixture gets to where you want it to be you can add the butter, which helps prevent the jam from getting cloudy.
And that’s all it takes for you to make your first summer jam. Once you get the hang of things you can then begin to experiment with different ingredients like adding some basil or mint to your jams. Either way, once you make your first jam this summer there may not be anything else you’ll want to do.