I’d never made jam before, but last year, when I found myself with a number of quarts of delicious berries from the farmer’s market, I started searching for a recipe that wouldn’t be too difficult. Fortunately, I ran across this recipe by Ina Garten, AKA The Barefoot Contessa. It was easy and turned out to be very tasty. I also love it because besides being easy, you don’t have to have an enormous quantity of fruit. Three pints of berries is all you need.
I made a number of pints and froze some. The jam is excellent fresh or thawed. If you want to, you may can it, (“you can can it” sounds a bit risque), but it’s easier to simply freeze it if you have the space.
Based on recommendations in the comments after the recipe (and personal taste), I cut the sugar from 3 cups to 1 1/2 cups. If your berries are very juicy, you may need to cook the jam a bit longer. My batch today, although just as tasty as last year’s batch, is a bit thin. I just have to spread and eat it more carefully! I also use orange juice instead of Grand Marnier, because I don’t have any Grand Marnier.
Another recommendation was to use peaches instead of strawberries, raspberries instead of blueberries, and a peach-flavored liqueur. I made that, too, and it was also very good. Again, I didn’t use the liqueur because I didn’t have any. Instead, I used some of the juice from the peaches. Since peaches come into season after strawberries, you can make jam for a good part of the summer. And that’s a good thing!!
Easy Strawberry Jam
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- 3 pints fresh strawberries
- 3 cups superfine sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and small-diced
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
If you’d like to read comments, recommendations, variations, and other thoughts about the recipe, head over to the Food Network site where the recipe is available: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/easy-strawberry-jam-recipe/index.html.\
Ina Garten also has a similar recipe that makes 2 pints and uses only sugar, lemon and strawberries: http://www.barefootcontessa.com/recipes.aspx?RecipeID=476&S=0.
Summer is the perfect time to do some jammin’!! Go ahead and jam with your friends, too.