The perfect addition to your summer breakfasts!
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Ok, time for strawberry jam! It’s my absolute favorite jam flavor! And now that we’re almost at the end of strawberry season and they are all ripe and juicy, it’s the best time to make strawberry jam.
The traditional jam recipe calls for equal parts of fruit and sugar. I’ve always found that to be an excessively large use of sugar! My jams are usually made with half that quantity. And I often use brown sugar because it adds a nice aroma. But this time, I thought I’d substitute the sugar with honey! And instead of the vanilla that is usually added to strawberry jams, I chose a more spicy addition. Fresh ginger!
The result was simply amazing! A delicious strawberry jam with a smooth, glossy texture, a savory, sweet-and-sour taste and a spicy flavor!
This jam is not one that you would save for long – not that you would want to after you try it! Due to its low content in sugars, which is the main preservative in jams, it’s not a jam that you would put in sterilized jars and keep it for winter months. You refrigerate it and use it in the next couple of weeks.
It can become the greatest addition to your breakfast, top your oatmeal, yogurt or bread, and you can also use it for pies, cheesecakes, tarts and other fruity desserts.
And if you’re trying to lose weight and you’re worried about the damage, let me remind you that there are only about 50 calories in a spoonful of jam and zero grams of fat!
So, pick a bunch of fresh, ripe, juicy strawberries and let’s begin!
Strawberry jam with honey and fresh ginger
What you need:
• 1.1 pounds (500 gr.) ripe strawberries
• ¾ cup honey
• 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely ground
• 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (from one medium lemon)
What to do:
– Wash the strawberries and remove the leafy tops. Cut them in 4 or 8 pieces each, depending on how big pieces of fruit you’d like in your jam.
– Put the strawberry pieces in a saucepan and crush them slightly so that some of their juice can be extracted. Add the honey and place the saucepan over low heat.
– Once the boiling starts, you’ll see pink foam forming at the surface, which will soon be gathered towards the rim. Use a spoon to carefully skim it off.
– Let the jam boil for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. At the last five minutes, add the ginger and lemon juice and stir. The jam may seem watery at the end of the boiling time but it will set even more while it cools.
– Let it cool completely, transfer it to glass jars and refrigerate it.