It’s really not that hard. Really! Don’t you believe me?
I completely understand that the idea of making jam is daunting. Especially after seeing people pull jars out of boiling pans of water with tongs and all this worry about food safety.
But I have found a solution. Make a small batch of this jam, put it in a jar in the fridge, and eat it all week. Then, do it again. It’s not hard. I promise.
Because, in this case, this isn’t an exercise in preserving fruit—it’s an exercise in soul therapy. The idea that every morning (or night) when you eat your toast with jam, that you are tasting your own sweet success. Oh, and did I mention you can eat this drizzled in yogurt or on sugar or shortbread cookies?
Plus, I made this jam super simple. It just uses fresh strawberries, sugar (and I might add here that I used MUCH less sugar than the normally recommended quantity which is equal to ½ of the amount of fruit you put in, which in this case would have been 350 grams!!!), and a little special touch…some lemon and lemon zest. What could be easier?
Homemade Strawberry Jam
100 grams White Sugar
Zest of ½ Lemon
Juice of ½ Lemon
Mash all ingredients together in a pot. Don't worry about the mixture being a little chunky! It will make nice fruit bits throughout the jam.