Healthy Homemade Strawberry Jam recipe
Hello! Today, I’m going to show you a recipe for homemade strawberry jam!😊
Strawberry jam is a popular fruit spread made from strawberries that have been cooked with sugar and sometimes pectin to create a thick, sweet, and flavorful preserve. Here’s some information about strawberry jam:
Effectiveness of Strawberry Jam: Strawberry jam is commonly enjoyed as a spread on bread, toast, biscuits, or scones. It adds a burst of fruity sweetness and can enhance the flavor of various baked goods and desserts. It can also be used as a filling for cakes, pastries, and cookies. Additionally, strawberry jam can be incorporated into sauces, glazes, and marinades to add a touch of fruity sweetness to savory dishes.
First Appearance: The exact origins of strawberry jam are not well-documented, as fruit preservation techniques have been used for centuries. However, the process of making fruit preserves, including strawberry jam, became more refined during the 17th and 18th centuries when sugar became more readily available. The first known recipe for preserving strawberries in sugar was documented in a cookbook published in 1667 called “The Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digbie.” This suggests that strawberry jam has been enjoyed for several centuries.
Popularity and Consumption: Strawberry jam is enjoyed in various countries around the world, but its popularity can vary by region. It is particularly popular in countries with a strong tradition of fruit preserves and tea-time treats, such as England, France, and the United States. These countries have a long history of consuming and producing strawberry jam.
In terms of consumption, it is difficult to determine which country eats the most strawberry jam, as preferences can vary. However, countries with a high production of strawberries, such as the United States, China, and Mexico, often have a significant demand for strawberry jam.
Strawberry jam continues to be a beloved and versatile preserve enjoyed in households, bakeries, and breakfast establishments worldwide. Its sweet and tangy flavor, vibrant color, and versatility make it a popular choice for adding a touch of strawberry goodness to a variety of culinary creations.
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Strawberry jam Ingredients:
- 2 pounds (900 grams) fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
- 4 cups (800 grams) granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) fresh lemon juice
Strawberry jam Cooking procedure:
- Prepare your jars: Sterilize your canning jars and lids by boiling them in a large pot of water for about 10 minutes. Remove and let them air dry.
- In a large pot, combine the chopped strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir well to combine.
- Place the pot over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Skim off any foam that forms on the surface.
- Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 45-60 minutes, or until the strawberries have softened and the jam has thickened. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.
- To test if the jam is done, place a small amount on a chilled plate and tilt it. If the jam has a thick, jam-like consistency and doesn’t run, it is ready. If it is still runny, continue simmering for a few more minutes and test again.
- Once the jam has reached the desired consistency, remove the pot from the heat. Let it cool for a few minutes.
Strawberry jam Cooking procedure:
- Carefully pour the hot jam into the prepared sterilized jars, leaving about 1/4 inch (0.6 centimeters) of headspace at the top. Wipe the rims of the jars clean with a damp cloth.
- Place the lids on the jars and tighten the rings. Be careful as the jars will be hot.
- Process the jars in a boiling water bath for about 10 minutes to seal them. Ensure the water level is at least 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) above the tops of the jars.
- Carefully remove the jars from the water bath and let them cool completely on a kitchen towel or rack. As they cool, you may hear a popping sound, indicating that the jars have sealed.
- Once the jars have cooled, check the seals by pressing the center of each lid. If it is firm and doesn’t move, the jar is properly sealed. Any unsealed jars should be refrigerated and consumed within a few weeks.
- Store the sealed jars of strawberry jam in a cool, dark place. Properly sealed jars can typically be stored for up to a year.
Enjoy your homemade strawberry jam on toast, biscuits, scones, or use it in various recipes!
What are the calories of strawberry jam?
The calorie content of strawberry jam can vary depending on the specific recipe and the quantity consumed. Here’s a general estimate of the calorie content for strawberry jam:
Strawberry jam is typically made by combining strawberries with sugar and sometimes lemon juice. The primary source of calories in strawberry jam comes from the added sugar. On average, strawberry jam contains approximately 50-60 calories per tablespoon (about 20 grams). Keep in mind that this is an estimate, and the actual calorie content can vary depending on the sugar-to-fruit ratio and the specific ingredients used in the recipe.
It’s important to note that the calorie content can vary if you use alternative sweeteners or reduce the amount of sugar in your homemade strawberry jam. If you have a specific recipe or brand of strawberry jam, it’s best to check the nutrition label or calculate the calories based on the ingredients and quantities used.
When consuming strawberry jam, it’s advisable to do so in moderation as part of a balanced diet, considering its calorie content from added sugars.
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