During the New Year, I was lucky enough to spend 6 days at Glenworth Valley with some friends at the Peats Ridge Festival. Not only a music festival, they had activities for kids- face painting, decorating masks, as well as other 'eco' related activites like how to make your own solar panel, and how to turn weeds into salads. One that was particularly appealing was how to make your own jam.
It was easy! And by the end of 40 minutes there was a pot of jam to sample.. Mmm..
The monday holiday was therefore spent picking strawberries at a hobby farm in Castleraegh. (About 40 mins south west of parramatta.) 3.5kg of strawberries later, we were on our way to making our own strawberry apple lemon jam.
There are fruit combinations which negate the need for pectin. Apparently tarty fruit like green apples, and citrus fruit contain enough pectin. Not sure about the science behind it.. Perhaps this should be a subject for some afternoon reading..
Strawberry (And apple and lemon) Jam
1kg Strawberries, washed and chopped in quarters
2 granny smith apples, grated
2 lemons, zested and juiced
750g (3c) raw or white sugar
1. Boil jars in water for 5-10 mins to sterilise.
2. In a large pot, place strawberries and grated apples. Constantly stir over high heat until strawberries breakdown. Will take about 20 mins.
3. Add zest and lemon juice. Stir.
4. When fruit is broken down, add sugar and stir until a 'gloopy' consistancy. This will take another 20 mins.
5. Bottle in jars and eat!
So different and zingy from store bought jam.
The green apples and lemon provide natural pectin, so you don't have to fuss too much about that.
The recipe is basically fool proof! With wonderous results!