Strawberry Jam!

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Strawberry Jam!

Post: #284702 happyhippy
Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:14 pm

I recently made some Strawberry Jam,and I think :dontknow: its ok?It looked fairly runny but I didn't want to cook it any longer than I had due to the fruit starting to look too mushy.I transferred it into jars,and its ok once its in the fridge but if I leave it out for a little while,it starts going runny again! :oops:
So,the recipe I used was basically Strawberries,lemon juice and jam making sugar (with pectin)
Do any of you kind people have any easy basic strawb jam recipes I could follow to ensure success next time?Ive looked a few online and I really don't know which ones are any good?I need a safe easy recipe please,TIA :iconbiggrin:

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Post: #284704 diggernotdreamer
Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:02 pm

I put the sugar and strawberries together and infuse overnight, then cook the next day, I don't know if you cooked the fruit first or not, but the strawberries stay more together this way. I add the lemon juice when it is at the rolling boil stage. There is no 'safe' recipe really, you just need to find the setting point. I don't mind a soft set jam really, they are much nicer with yoghurt than a stiff one

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Re: Strawberry Jam!

Post: #284705 happyhippy
Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:45 am

Thanks DND,the recipe I followed was,you prepare the fruit,then slightly mash it,add sugar and lemon juice,and then bring to boil gently,once boiling,cook for further 5 mins.It tastes fine actually,and I recently used it to glaze a strawb pavlova I had made (fresh strawbs then drizzled over the jam)and that worked really fab.I guess as its my first time making it,I expected the jam to be much thicker (not the consistency of the so thick you can carve it type stuff haha).

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Post: #284706 doofaloofa
Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:10 pm

if you invest in a cooking thermometer (they are in aldi soon, along with other jam making equipment) it will show you when you have reached setting point
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Post: #284707 Odsox
Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:19 pm

I agree with Doofa about getting a thermometer.
I have a digital stainless one that I wouldn't be without, I use it for lots of things, including frying poppadoms at the correct oil temperature and especially jam making.
Provided you have the pectin about right, then it's just a case of raising the temperature to 104.5 and a set is guaranteed. 104 for a light set. 104.5 for a normal set and 105 for a stiff set.
Beats faffing around dripping it on a cold plate. :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Strawberry Jam!

Post: #284708 ina
Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:22 am

I always prepare fruit and leave it with the sugar overnight, too. And don't mash it too finely. Jam making sugar should contain citric acid, so there shouldn't be any need to add lemon juice.
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Re: Strawberry Jam!

Post: #284717 happyhippy
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:24 pm

Thanks Posters!Yes I will invest in a thermometer,makes good sense!Hmmm I didn't realise Jam sugar already contained Citric acid?????Whoops!hahahahahha

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Post: #284720 diggernotdreamer
Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:24 pm

I don't use jam sugar at all. I have never found an organic jam sugar so just use my golden granulated stuff, I add the lemon juice for the citric acid and to help release the natural pectins from the fruit, and it keeps the jam beautifully bright, then I stir it until I think it is thickening and using my wooden spoon, coat the back of it with the jam and then turn it sideways to watch the drips, when all the drips run into the middle and form one big dribble, it is done, perhaps I should get a jam thermometer and stop using something akin to alchemy

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Re: Strawberry Jam!

Post: #284721 ina
Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:47 pm

happyhippy wrote:Thanks Posters!Yes I will invest in a thermometer,makes good sense!Hmmm I didn't realise Jam sugar already contained Citric acid?????Whoops!hahahahahha


Better check the one you are using - ours back home did have it.
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Re: Strawberry Jam!

Post: #284722 doofaloofa
Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:09 pm

a decent cooking thermometer will be very useful for lots of jobs, from sterilizing jars etc, to making toffee and fudge
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Post: #284735 Green Aura
Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:26 am

I'm a big fan of alchemy, dnd. :lol:
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Re: Strawberry Jam!

Post: #284737 Odsox
Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:11 am

... and I'm an ex-scientist, so don't believe in magic. :lol:
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