Make the most of your fruit bats and use your extra fruit to make your own jam. You'll probably have lots of them after you started your spring garden and planted some awesome spring fruits and veggies. Nothing beats jam with warm bread. Thinking about it probably makes your water mouth. So let's get to it!
Health benefits of strawberries
But before that, maybe let's just find out what you can get by eating strawberries, health-wise. So here are some of the benefits, doesn't matter if you eat it as it is or in jam form:
- improve blood antioxidant status
- decrease oxidative stress
- reduce inflammation
- improve vascular function
- improve your blood lipid profile
- reduce the harmful oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol
- regulate blood sugar
- help prevent cancer
But be reminded that strawberry is also one of the most common fruit that causes food allergy. So maybe find out first if you are allergic before even getting near this fruit.
Homemade strawberry jam
- 1.5 kg strawberries
- 125 mls lemon juice
- 1 ¼ sugar
- Place two small plats in the freezer for testing purposes. Wipe the strawberries clean and hull them. Place the strawberries in a large pan with 125 mls water, lemon juice and sugar. Warm gently, without boiling, stirring carefully with a wooden spoon. It is important not to break up the berries at this point. It is also important not to wash the strawberries once they are hulled. They will adsorb water and will affect the overall taste of your finished product.
- Increase the heat slowly, but not to boiling point and continue to stir the mixture for 10 minutes, or until all the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and boil for 20 minutes, stirring continuously. Skim any scum off the surface with a skimmer or a slotted spoon. Start testing for setting point after 20 minutes, however it may take up to 40 minutes. Be careful that the jam does not catch on the base of the pan and start to burn.
- Remove from the heat, place a little jam onto one of the cold plates and place in the freezer for 30 seconds. When setting point is reached, a skin will form on the surface and the jam will wrinkle when pushed with your finger.
- If your jam is ready, remove any scum from the surface. Spoon immediately into clean, warm jars and seal. Turn the jars upside down for 2 minutes, then invert and leave to cool. Lable and date. Store in a cool dark place for 6-12 months. Once it is opened, it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.
- If the jam is not ready, return it to the heat for a few munutes and test again, using the second plate from the freezer.
Aside from enjoying them yourself, these homemade jams are also perfect as gifts. Just spoon some of it into a mason jar and wrap a ribbon round it. Your friends and family will love this homemade edible gift.
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