1Place a small saucer in the freezer to chill. In a medium, heavy saucepan or pot, stir together the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the berries become very tender and the juices thicken, about 20 minutes. Use a potato masher to mash up the berries slightly.
2To test the jam and see if it is ready, spoon a little jam onto the frozen saucer. Let it stand for about 15 seconds. If the liquid thickens to a jam-like consistency, it’s ready. If not, continue to cook for another minute or two.
3To store the jam, let it cool completely. Transfer to clean airtight containers and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month or in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can also can the jam according to our canning instructions.
Chef Theo Friedman's dinners center around multi-course, intimate, and experimental pop-up experiences. He brings new perspectives to food by being inspired by artists, ingredients, and the passionate diners who attend his one-of-a-kind events. In honor of Chef Theo's partnership with Stella Artois, he takes advantage of Union Square Greenmarket's and North Brooklyn Farms' fresh produce to create the ultimate end of summer menu.
How to Add Herbs to Fruit Jam
San Francisco–based Shakirah Simley, owner of Slow Jams, suggests using sugar infused with lavender or vanilla to give your jams a little more complexity. Experiment with other herbs, too.
How to Make Homemade Pectin for Jam
San Francisco-based Shakirah Simley, owner of Slow Jams, does not encourage the use of store-bought pectins. Ditch the synthetic stuff and make your own.
Making Jam with Grandma Kathy and Great-Grandma Kay
This is a special episode of Cooking with Grandma, featuring four generations—Kay, Kathy, Astrid, and Kaatje—who pick blackberries and make jam together. To make your own jam, use this CHOW blueberry jam recipe, substituting blackberries for blueberries. Special thanks to the crew at Eat Real for introducing us to Kathy Kensinger and her family.
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