Sugar and lemon are supporting cast, providing preservative powers without interfering with the diva's flavorful aria. But even the best melody benefits from an artful harmony. Sometimes just one added element - the piquancy of pepper, the bitter kiss of Campari - is all that's needed to take strawberry jam from workaday to wonderful.
Recipe courtesy of Sean Timberlake
Strawberry Jam
Yield:
Makes roughly four half-pint jars
Level:
None
Yield:
Makes roughly four half-pint jars
Level:
None

Ingredients

  • 1000 g. (about 5 cups) granulated white sugar
  • 1 packet dry pectin
  • 1000 g. (about 7 cups) washed, hulled and cubed strawberries
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp butter (optional, to reduce foaming)

Directions

Reserve 1/4 cup of sugar in a small bowl; add the pectin and whisk to combine. Set aside. Combine the strawberries and remaining sugar in a large, nonreactive pot; enamel or stainless steel are best (do not use copper or aluminum pots with this method). Let stand for at least 20 minutes, up to two hours. 

Stir the contents of the pot well, and put over medium-high heat. Add the lemons. Stir frequently, taking care not to burn the sugar. Bring to a boil, add the pectin-sugar mixture, and maintain a rolling boil. Skim away any foam that forms; if there is too much foam, add the butter. 

Once a boil has been reached, take the temperature with a quick-read thermometer. Continue boiling and stirring until the mixture consistently reads 220 degrees F on a candy thermometer for one full minute. Turn off the heat. Remove the lemon slices. If canning, process immediately using standard water bath method. Otherwise, allow to cool, then pack in jars and refrigerate, or freezer-safe containers or bags if freezing. 

Just before processing, try giving yours a twist by adding one (or more!) of the following: 

1 Tbsp real balsamic 

A few fresh cracks of black pepper 

2 Tbsp Campari A handful of mint or basil, finely chopped 

Seeds from a vanilla bean 

The zest of a lime or lemon

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