It all started when we wanted to make simit (the tasty turkish version of a pretzel and or Lebanese “kaak”- that I’ll be writing the recipe of, soon)
. We were at the supermarket, getting all the ingredients for a marathon afternoon of cooking and baking, when I saw the jams and reached to get the strawberry flavor. That’s when it occurred to us to make our OWN JAM. It couldn’t be that hard, we’ll just research it a bit and ask around. And so we did! We bought the basic ingredients to make it as naturally flavored as possible and gave it a go. And it was awesome.
– Lemon juice
How to make it:
1) Wash your strawberries and mash them in a big bowl. Measure how many cups the mashed strawberries make and match the same quantity of sugar.
Also, place 3 small porcelain bowls or plates in the freezer (you’ll know why in a few steps).
2) In a big boiler casserole, place all of the ingredients (mashed strawberries, sugar and just 2 tablespoons of lemon juice) and heat on low fire until the sugar dissolves (that is, until you can no longer hear and feel the sugar when mixing with a wooden spoon).
3) When the sugar has dissolved, higher the heat and bring to a boil, while mixing often.
4) Lower the heat and simmer while mixing until it looks like it has the consistency of jam.
5) Here, you can test your jam by using the plates or bowls in the freezer mentioned in step 1. Just place 1 spoon of jam on the frozen plate and run your finger in the middle. If the jam stays separated, then it’s done. But if it tries to come together, then you still need to simmer it.
6) When done, pour the jam in sterilized jars (i.e. wash the jars with hot water before filling them with jam)
You won’t believe how happy it will make you to have your own homemade jam in your fridge! I’ll be making other flavors with time and sharing them, of course.
Make sure to tune in for the simit recipe very soon!