Small Batch Refrigerator Strawberry Jam

Small Batch Refrigerator Strawberry Jam | 31Daily.com

No time for a full batch of canned homemade strawberry jam? How about refrigerator strawberry jam? One jar at a time.

Strawberries in my neck of the woods usually ripen in early June. I like to set aside the better part of a day to put up at least one batch of traditional strawberry jam.

But sometimes, my schedule doesn’t allow. And before I know it, the local strawberries have passed, and with it… my window of opportunity.

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This refrigerator strawberry jam has been my backup. Or… even my supplement. My guys tend to go through strawberry jam quickly at our house.

I love that it’s so easy. And that it contains zero pectin.

Afternoon tea scones almost require a homemade strawberry jam. Here’s a quick and easy way to make it for your next afternoon tea.

Here’s my summer, go-to, one jar at a time, refrigerator strawberry jam.

Small Batch Refrigerator Strawberry Jam | 31Daily.com

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Small Batch Refrigerator Strawberry Jam

Small Batch Refrigerator Strawberry Jam | 31Daily.com
  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pint 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Cook
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Ingredients

1 3/4 cup sugar
1-quart strawberries, cleaned and hulled
1 teaspoon butter (to reduce foaming)

Instructions

Freeze a couple of spoons (I’ll explain later — has to do well the gel).

Combine 1/4 cup sugar and the strawberries in a medium saucepan. Using a potato masher, roughly mash strawberries. Then, using a wooden spoon, cook the berries, stirring until they are juicy — 5-6 minutes. Stir in remaining sugar until it is completely dissolved.

Bring mixture to a full rolling boil. Continuing boiling, on medium to medium-high heat, removing foam from the surface as needed, until the mixture has thickened and most of the liquid has been absorbed. About 20 – 30 minutes.

Gell test. Retrieve frozen spoons. Place a drizzle of jam on the back of a frozen spoon. After it has slightly cooled, a few seconds, run your finger through the jam. If it retains its track, it has set. If it runs, keep cooking the jam and retest in a few minutes.

Quickly pour jam into a sterilized pint size jar and refrigerate up to 4 months.

Notes

Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the strawberries and sugar if you like a twist of lemon.

Keywords: afternoon tea, strawberry jam, small batch

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