Saturday, October 23, 2010

Strawberry Jam

    
Strawberries are cheaper this year... A punnet of 250g could fetch about AUD$1.99 in some supermarkets..
I love to do my shopping at the last hour before closing time...  shopping is not a breeze at that hour... there will be 'millions' of shoppers... I know.. :) I exaggerated about 'million' shoppers... but I sure felt like it...with everyone's trolleys in everyone's way... we are suckers for good bargains...

It brings back good memories during my 'student days'...living on a budget... After an exhausting day running from one lecture room to another... came home ~exhausted and in no mood to cook.. not even to fry an egg!!... :) I'd hopped (I lied...not hop but walk ..:))to the nearest supermarket (that would be Safeway in High Street Kensington~if its still there)... grabbed yoghurt tub for 20p, sandwiches for 60p... and fruits for a song... Came home feeling happy and contented for that day.... 

We fast forward 20 years on... I am still the same... Old Habit die Hard... love bargains... and these strawberries were sold in Coles for 99cents/punnet last week... I bought 8 punnets and 6 goes into making jam....
    Washed and leave it to dry ...

    Simmering strawberries...
    • 1.3 -1.5kg of strawberries -washed
    • 600g-800g of sugar
    • juice of 1 lemon
    Washed and leave the strawberries on kitchen paper to 'dry'...

    Heat up a big pot... I used wok.. big enough to fit in the amount of strawberries ... Add sugar with the juice of 1 lemon.. leave the sugar to dissolve (about half way...otherwise you will ended up with caramelised sugar...).
    Then add strawberries... either cut in quarters or whole strawberries (I prefer whole strawberries in my jam)... Bring to a quick boil and then lower the heat to a simmer... The whole process will take about 30 minutes to 45 minutes... if you wish to have a runny jam then shortened the time... but if you are like me... I love my jam thick... then leave it a little bit longer...

    Note that I have cut the sugar quantity by half... the ratio should be 1:1... 1 kg of strawberries to 1 kg of sugar... 
    
    A bottle of homemade Jam.... Xmas Gift??

    12 comments:

    1. What? The jam is gone! Nothing left for me ? ;O

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    2. Your jam looks delicious!

      I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new food photo gallery showcasing beautiful and flavorful baking.

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    3. tigerfish,
      ooopsie... next time I'll leave you some... :)

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    4. Bakeolicious,
      I would love to.. and thank you :)

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    5. Lucky you getting a bargin! I paid $3.98 a punnet at Wollies this weekend as I really needed them, and I resented it! That jam looks lovely, Yumm...

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    6. The InTolerant Chef,
      bumper crop this year. that's why we get it cheaper..:)

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    7. i made strawberry jam too! it is amazing- Love your photos!

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    8. Homemade jam tastes so much cheaper and fresher! I like the styling of these photos.

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    9. Sad to say that berry days are over for us. Only apples, pears and pumpkins now =(

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    10. pigspigscorner,
      well... summer is coming soon ..hmm.. 6 months is not long:)

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    11. Angie,
      Thank you... perhaps I could do with a lot more photos in my post :)

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