Today was very exciting to put it lightly. What an adventure I had with my three little dogs and mate. We piled into the car and drove down to a Pick Your Own Farm because I was dying to pick some fresh Squash–I heard this place had three different varieties and I couldn’t wait to arrive. There was a set back along the way. The car overheated and started bubbling water. That didn’t stop us however, and we continued the further 40 miles down to the farm. Of course, with my luck, when we arrived they told me they had just sold out of the 200 squash they had available. I thought, “You have got to be kidding me.” I was annoyed, but made the most of the situation and picked about 2 kg of fresh strawberries.
[Contrary to popular belief, the British Strawberry season does not end in July, in fact it goes on until mid December! So please take advantage of this extended strawberry season.]
It was hot in the sheltered area, and my dogs were panting like there was no tomorrow, so we all piled back in the car and headed home. But then of course, there is never a dull moment is there? The car’s oil started mixing with the water and well basically the engine failed. After a long 2 hour wait for the tow truck and watching my poor little pups back in the car while I was forced to sit up in the tow truck(it’s the law apparently) , I finally got home and made some jam! Yeah, fresh strawberry jam!!!
1.5 pounds(680 grams)of fresh strawberries
1.5 pounds of jam sugar(680 grams) (I use the type made from raw cane sugar with added pectin)
Continue to boil the jam for about 8 minutes until it is bubbling quite large (see above pic)
Once it has got to the point of large bubbles, it will have reached setting point.
To make sure the jam has really set, spoon out a bit onto a cold plate. When it has cooled put your finger on top to see if it wrinkles. If it has, it has set.
Pour the jam into 2 large jam jars and leave out until they have cooled.
Come down in the morning and spread your homemade jam on some toast or a scone. Or if your like me, sneak down in the middle of the night and put some on a cracker. mmmm