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Strawberry Jam......again !!!
Tue 19-Jun-12
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Hattie
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I know a lot of us find making Strawberry Jam difficult to get to a decent set. I recently came across this recipe and method, using pectin & citric acid, so I am passing it on. It is very precise about quantities, which I find very helpful. I have to add that I haven't tried it yet but I am definitely going to. Here is the link. 

If you try it before I do, please let us know how it turned out.

 

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Tue 19-Jun-12
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Thanks
I have to confess when making strawberry or raspberry I add some apple. No one has noticed yet!

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Tue 19-Jun-12
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Not planning on entering any shows, but think I'll give this method a try

Thu 28-Jun-12
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Got 5 punnets of strawberries today at half price, so going to make some jam. Not sure whether to have a go at this recipe or stick to my balsamic version. Just chopped them up, they are a bit pasty looking, not nearly as gorgeous as the few I've hadfrom our garden, but hey ho, they'll still make jam.

Got another few hours out in the fields digging out ragwort before I make a start of the cooking of the jam, so will update later

Thu 28-Jun-12
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wave  Digging out ragwort!!!!!    What a job, Janet!!!

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Fri 29-Jun-12
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i get all the good jobs...well to be fair, both Mike & I were doing it, and Jessie was chasing hares all afternoon.

The ragwort is just coming in to flower, so we need to tackle it now, it really annoys me how the council allow it to flower on roadsides, they are not supposed to let it get to seed point, we work so hrd to try and keep our fields clear of it and then we see it on roadsides and field edges angry and steam and frown

To keep on topic, 16 Jars of strawberry jam made, got three fairs this weekend so hoping to sell lots. Made the balsamic version in the end but with a nod to simplicity and added powdered pectin, have to admit it was brill, from first turning cooker on, it was in the jars within 30 mins.

Fri 29-Jun-12
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How does the balsamic vinegar affect the taste?what_the_heck

Fri 29-Jun-12
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Ooh you've gottotry it Joanna, you only need about a tablespoon in 1kg ofstrawberries, itjust seems to bring out the flavour more...might be all in my head, but always do it now. 

Sun 1-Jul-12
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I like my jam a bit runny - more like a conserve than a jam.  I've been told to use less sugar and to boil it for less time.  Has anyone tried this?  Love the balsamic vinegar idea!

Sun 1-Jul-12
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I use the same amount of sugar but boil for less time. I do this with cherries, damsons, raspberries and blackcurrants. I use it as a sauce with ice cream, yogurt etc. it is bit hit and miss so sometimes I get jam and sometimes sauce but both are welcome.

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Thanks Aly, I agree, it's the taste that counts after all.  Will give it a try. cheers

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another strawberry jam failure here...my first ever, so now have a freezer with 20 bags of strawberry pie filling...lol ...im wondering  if this years massive failure is due to high water content , strawberries are huge but very watery due to the plants being in a swamp 

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Probably as I know this happened before. You could try re boiling and adding more sugar. Works well as ice cream sauce too if it fails as jam.

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Wed 4-Jul-12
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Kaye...I've bought some powdered pectin as a safety measure for my next batch of strawb jam, never been keen to use it before, but have experimented with a batch and decided it's a bit of a failsafe. You could try that. I agree though, it's probably the water content.

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kayerunrig said:

another strawberry jam failure here...my first ever, so now have a freezer with 20 bags of strawberry pie filling...lol ...im wondering  if this years massive failure is due to high water content , strawberries are huge but very watery due to the plants being in a swamp 

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