We are officially in berry season and strawberries are at their very best in stores and markets. I truly miss being in France this time of year, selecting the first fragrant berries of the season, to be used in our desserts, in our French market class. As I reflect on these amazing memories, made with many of you, I am working with berries in my own kitchen this season!
I could not resist the temptation to turn what was left in 2 large strawberry clamshells into luscious fresh strawberry jam. The flavor is outstanding and preparing it is very simple.
Start by chopping berries into very small pieces, I had about 4 cups.
Add the sugar, about 1 cup.
Last, I added the juice and zest of a huge lemon! Turn the burner on to medium heat and cook, stirring often. Berries will put off a lot of liquid, continue to cook until mixture has reduced and it is getting thick.
I like to store my jam in a glass jar.
Fresh Strawberry jam served with French bread and butter is a breakfast that takes me right back to France, if only for a moment!
Fresh Strawberry Jam Recipe
4 cups finely chopped strawberries
1 cup sugar
1 large lemon
Place berries with sugar and the juice and zest from the lemon into a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Cook stirring often until mixture has reduced almost in half and has thickened. Store jam in a clean jar for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
If you can’t eat this much jam in 2 weeks, freeze a portion to be enjoyed at a later time.
Berries will get sweeter as the season progresses, cut back on the sugar to taste.
I hope you will enjoy my simple fresh Strawberry Jam recipe during berry season and remember to stop and take the time to enjoy their fragrant nature.