Whether it’s for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, there’s nothing that feels more personal or thoughtful than the giving and receiving of a homemade gift. These are always my favourite presents to give and receive, so when it came time for Ty and I to think wedding favours, the decision to make something for our guests was an easy one to make. We also wanted to make the most of fresh, seasonal produce, and as strawberries were in season at the time, we decided to gift homemade strawberry jam to the guests at our wedding.
We tested three different recipes before deciding on a variation of all 3 for our final recipe. Surprisingly, homemade jam is much easier and simpler to make than I first imagined – our recipe has only 3 ingredients, is super easy to make, and is so delicious to eat! What I love most though is that the jam still tastes like strawberries, not just an overload of sweetness that I sometimes find in the store-bought varieties. Here’s how we did it:
Makes 3-4 jars
1kg ripe strawberries, washed, tops removed and chopped
750g white sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
1// Sterilise jars and lids following one of these simple methods.
2// In a large saucepan, mash together the strawberries and sugar until the strawberries are roughly mashed. Add and stir through lemon juice.
3// Place the pan over medium heat and bring the mixture to the boil. Allow to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often, and then turn the heat off . Carefully skim any foam off the top of the jam and allow to cool for approximately 15 minutes. The jam is ready for bottling when it coats the back of a spoon, or follow this test for jelling.
4// Divide jam between your sterilised jars, leaving about 1cm between the jam and the top of the jar, and seal. Refrigerate and enjoy!
This jam is beautiful simply spread on buttered toast, dolloped into porridge or Greek yoghurt, or for a little more indulgence, enjoyed with pikelets, scones and cream!
Wouldn’t this make for such a lovely Christmas or hostess gift? You can get creative with labels and packaging, and even different fruits too. With all the summer stone fruits coming into season here in Australia, the possibilities for jam are endless. I’m determined to make a peach or nectarine jam before the season’s end!
Have you ever made jam before? Do you have any favourite homemade gifts to give and receive?
Thanks so much for reading and sharing! XO
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