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.
You don't need any canning equipment to make fresh jam--this recipe calls for just 15 minutes and a microwave.
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.
Basic Vegetable Soup
This soup is an equally wonderful way to use up all the leftover veggie odds and ends in your fridge, or to celebrate the freshest produce in season by buying it specifically for the dish (and if you get a CSA box, it can serve both purposes). Whatever vegetables you use, this is an easy, nutritious, and delicious meal, and endlessly customizable. Fresh pesto makes a great, vibrant garnish, but you could also simply sprinkle on a bit of grated Parmesan and cracked black pepper.