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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 2.96 / 5 (117 votes)

Prep time:
15 min, plus sterilizing jars
Cook time:
15 min
makes about 1kg

Delicious with thickly buttered fresh scones, James Martin's fruit-packed jam couldn't be easier to make


1. To sterilize jam jars, place them in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer briskly for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the water with tongs and place upside down on a clean surface to dry.

2. Put the sugar, lemon zest and juice in a preserving pan or large heavy-based saucepan. Heat slowly until the sugar has melted.

3. Add the strawberries and stir gently. Bring to the boil and cook for 3-4 minutes, or 10 minutes if you prefer a thicker jam.

4. Skim off any froth. Leave to cool slightly.

5. Spoon into sterile jars, seal and label.

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I normally whizz half of strawberries in food processor for about five seconds. still quite lumpy an d either half or quarter the rest depending on size and apart from using fresh lemons I add lemon juice from a bottle (jif) but you have to stir all the time. Have had some good sets and also bad sets. Hope this helps.

Iram Iram  Posted 15 Jul 2010 9:05 PM

This is too simplistic; you need to check set of jam at regular intervals by putting a spoon of it on a dish out of the freezer and is only a set if when pushing the jam with a finger nail it crinkles

deebdee deebdee  Posted 15 Jul 2010 4:50 PM

deebdee deebdee  Posted 15 Jul 2010 4:47 PM

could not get a good set, and the jam burns when boiled? or does one keep stiring?

JeannieK43287 JeannieK43287 Posted 24 Jun 2010 9:57 AM

Good recipe but needed much more boiling to get a firmer jam, the sugar should be with added pectin.

Sylvia167 Sylvia167 Posted 24 Jul 2009 7:10 PM

Was a bit thin, i added more sugar and cooked for longer at the 2nd attempt

Katie T Katie T Posted 10 Jul 2009 7:45 PM

I am an old hand at making this jam and looking at the ratio of the sugar to the fruit, I am quite sure that it is just toooo sweet!

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 29 Jun 2009 11:16 AM

A very simple recipe

timmer2 timmer2 Posted 27 Jun 2009 3:55 AM

I tried this but the jam is too runny for my liking.

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 21 Jun 2009 8:57 PM

This receipe is very easy to do but only bother if you like your jam like liquid.

Riley3 Riley3 Posted 25 Aug 2008 6:12 PM