The kids I used to nanny for would get in the minivan sometimes after I had been in there running errands alone. The music would be bumpin’ and they’d go “Anna – were you havin a jam session in here?!”
Yesterday I had a real life jam session – strawberry style.
I thought to myself – strawberries are so cheap, and store-bought jam always has high fructose corn syrup in it – you should just make some jam yourself! So I did…
I started with two pounds of strawberries from the fruit market.
I hulled and rinsed them, then cut them into bite-sized pieces. I put about 3/4 cups of sugar over them, along with about 3 T. of lemon juice, and put them in the fridge to marinate for about an hour. Mind you, I had no idea what I was doing at this point – but I figured it would work out.
After that I put them in a pot and brought the mixture to a boil. This is where things got sweet (literally ;))
It almost boiled over a few times, but I lowered the heat and stirred it down. After about 40 minutes it got to be much more viscous and lava-like…
I let it sit and cool for awhile and then I had to have a taste. So I put it on some of Udi’s bread, toasted, with butter:
So good! Not too sweet and just thick enough. I put it in a leftover pasta sauce jar and have enough jam to last me a year! (although I think it will only keep for about a week…)
So, lesson learned – don’t be afraid to have your own jam session. And don’t buy into that Smuckers stuff 🙂