So many strawberries!

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So many strawberries!

Post: #272150 thethriftysquirrels
Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:17 pm

My local supermarket has been running a good offer (BOGOF) on strawberries this week and when they reduced them from £4 a pack to £1:99 they were actually paying me to take them away :iconbiggrin:

In total I got 4.2 kg of them so I've had a go at making my own jam. I followed a recipe from a Good Housekeeping book and used 3.5kg, keeping a few back to munch through with a bit of cream and all went well but the jam didn't set as much as I expected.

I know strawberries are very low in pectin anyway but I was wondering if these 'out of season' berries have even less pectin content.

Anyway, after a short re-boil, a little extra lemon juice and checking the temperature with a digital thermometer, I am happy to say all is well and the jam has now set, albeit a little on the 'soft' side but perfectly acceptable for a strawberry jam first-timer :iconbiggrin:

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Re: So many strawberries!

Post: #272169 prison break fan
Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:33 pm

It looks lovely, what time is tea? pbf

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Post: #272172 thethriftysquirrels
Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:26 pm

Thank you pbf, but, ummm...afraid they're all gone now... :iconbiggrin:
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Post: #272184 demi
Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:54 am

I love strawberries. Can't wait till we start harvesting them again. Mmmmm yummy :)
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Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:47 pm

Looks delish! :iconbiggrin:

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Post: #272198 Skippy
Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:01 pm

demi wrote:I love strawberries.


Oddly enough I don't really like fresh strawberries but will happily eat them as jam. It's the texture rather than anything else with the fresh ones that I find offputting.
I do grow them but there never seem to be enough to make into jam, I don't know why can't be anything to do with my daughter sitting in the patch so often.


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Post: #272201 thethriftysquirrels
Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:24 pm

I do like them fresh if it's the ones we have grown (in pots in our courtyard - we don't have a garden :( ) especially for breakfast, but the supermarket ones are a bit lacking in flavour...but they're good enough for jam!
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Post: #272217 demi
Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:37 am

Oh no, i love eating fresh ones. We've got quite a big strawberry patch plus some lovely wild ones growing under the fruit trees in the orchard. But i usually eat them all fresh with the kids and don't have enough for jam :oops:
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Re: So many strawberries!

Post: #272219 thethriftysquirrels
Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:40 am

oh, I'm jealous now... :mrgreen:

I've just come back from the supermarket...more strawberries reduced on the BOGOF offer...so you know what I'll be doing this afternoon :iconbiggrin:
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