Summer is not only the warmest season, but also the most delicious. It is in the summer that our gardens and orchards are filled with fresh vegetables, fruits and berries. But summer passes quickly, and this gastronomic richness goes away with it. Therefore, many of us still in the summer, in the midst of the berry and vegetable season, try to close as many cans as possible for the winter. In this article, we will talk about how to make a favorite delicacy of many - strawberry jam.
The subtleties of cooking strawberry jam
Strawberries, or, as they are also called, garden strawberries, are very tasty, but very naughty berries. To make strawberry jam and not be disappointed with the end result, you need to carefully select the berries. Beautiful and incredibly tasty strawberry jam will work only if the berries meet the following criteria:
- They must be ripe. Unripe berries do not yet have a special berry aroma, so the jam of them will turn out to be tasteless. But too overripe berries fall apart during the cooking process, so they can only be used for jam.
- To make strawberry jam you should choose berries of the same size. This is due to the fact that different sized berries have different cooking times.
But it is not enough just to make strawberry jam, you still need to keep all the benefits of the berries in it. Cooking preserves means cooking, during which many vitamins are lost. And then the logical question arises: "So how much to make strawberry jam, so that it retains its benefits?". It all depends on the specific recipe, but the longer the berries are boiled, the less they are useful vitamins. To avoid this unnecessary loss of the lion's share of vitamins will help pre-sleep berries with sugar. Juice, isolated from strawberries for a few hours, will help accelerate the cooking of jam, and thus save more useful substances.Important! Phased cooking will also help preserve healthy vitamins. But each stage should not last longer than 30 minutes.
Before you cook strawberry jam, you need to take care of the container in which it will be closed. To do this, use only glass jars, which must be pre-washed and sterilized. There are many ways to sterilize and you can use any and all with the same success. But if time is running out, it is best to use the fast method of sterilization. Read more about it in the video:
Now that all the details have been considered, we will tell you how to make strawberry jam.
Classic Strawberry Jam Recipe
To make strawberry jam for this recipe, we need a minimum set of ingredients:
- kilogram of berries;
- kilogram of sugar.
Anyone who loves strawberry taste more can take strawberries instead of strawberries.
Before you cook the strawberry jam, all the berries must be picked and cleaned from tails and leaves. After that, they should be washed under a weak stream of water and dry a little.Tip! Peeled and washed berries should be weighed again to make sure that their initial weight has not changed.
Now, the prepared berries should be filled with sugar and left for a day to highlight the juice. The more juice the berry gives, the tastier the jam will be. At the end of the specified time, no sugar should be visible at the bottom of the tank, it should completely dissolve in the released juice. Now you can start cooking.
For this, the berries, together with the juice, are poured into an enamel basin and brought to a boil over medium heat. When the mass boils, reduce the heat and continue cooking for 5 minutes. After that, the fire should be turned off, and the jam should be cooled and left to infuse for 24 hours. After this time, the cooking procedure should be repeated. In this case, the second time it is necessary to remove the foam that is formed from the almost finished strawberry delicacy.
Cooked jam should still be hot poured into the banks and close the lids. Once the dainties have cooled, they can be stored in a cool place for storage.
Strawberry five minutes
Strawberry jam, the recipe of which we will consider below, is prepared extremely quickly. The answer to the question: "How much to make jam according to this recipe" is hidden in its name. The whole cooking process will not last longer than 5 minutes, which means that the nutrients in this delicacy will be saved.
For cooking you will need:
- a kilo of strawberries;
- kilogram of sugar;
- tablespoon of lemon juice.
An unsightly berry is also quite suitable. When the delicacy is cooked, it will still not be visible.
Berries, as always, need to be cleaned and rinsed. Now they need to cut in half. This is done so that in 5 minutes of cooking they will be able to boil completely. After that, they should be covered with sugar and left for a few hours to highlight the juice.
When the juice from the berries stand out, you can start cooking delicacies. The stove must be set on a low fire and cook the strawberries with sugar for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. In the process of cooking it will be seen that the berries will begin to emit more juice, thus forming a foam. It is recommended to remove it only with a wooden spoon or spatula.
At the end of cooking you need to add lemon juice and turn off the stove. Now it remains only to pour the finished delicacy on the previously sterilized jars and close them with lids. Before complete cooling of the jam, it should be turned upside down.
As can be seen in the photo below, the jam brewed according to this recipe is distinguished by its not only good, but excellent view. The berries seemed to have left the garden and lay down to rest in the sweet syrup.
To make it you need:
- 3 kilograms of strawberries;
- 2 kilograms of sugar.
The process of cooking such jam is not much different from the other reviewed recipes. But due to the fact that we need to preserve the integral structure of the berries, it is necessary to handle them during cooking very carefully.
Berries need, as always, clean, wash and dry, while trying not to knead and damage their shape. After that, the berries should be put in a deep enameled container and covered with sugar. In this form, they must stand for 6 hours.
When 6 hours pass, you can start cooking. Berries with juice should be brought to a boil over medium heat, periodically removing them from the foam.Important! It is impossible to disturb the berries, it will spoil their shape. You can only slightly raise the container with them and gently shake it.
Cooking takes place in 3 stages:
- When the mass boils, you need to pour 400 grams of sugar and reduce the heat. After that, cooking continues for 10 minutes. Then, the jam is removed from the stove and infused for 10 hours.
- The second time the jam should also boil, but add 300 grams of sugar to it. The infusion time is the same - 10 hours.
- All the remaining sugar is added to the final cooking, but the almost ready delicacy should boil for no more than 5 minutes.
It should be poured into the can still hot, and stored after cooling in a dark and cool place.
These simple recipes are suitable even for novice cooks. The main thing is not to exceed the recommended cooking time and believe in yourself.