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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.01 / 5 (85 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
1 hr 10 min
makes 4 x 500g jars

Stefan Gates' simple recipe for strawberry jam is best made with super-fresh fruit. Make and keep for up to a year


1. To prepare your strawberries, remove all tops and greenery, and chop large fruits into chunks.

2. Put the strawberries and lemon juice into a large, heavy-based saucepan and simmer them very gently for an hour.

3. Add the sugar and turn up the heat until the temperature rises to setting point (104C).

4. Check that setting point has been reached with a sugar thermometer or using The Wrinkle Test (see below).

5. Once the jam has reached setting point, skim any scum off the top of the jam. Set aside until a skin starts to form.

6. Pour into sterilised jars.

7. Seal them and leave to cool. Label them and store in a cool place.


Tips and suggestions

If you don't have a sugar thermometer, you can do the 'The Wrinkle Test'. Chill a plate in the fridge, spread a small teaspoon of jam on it. Allow to cool and push your finger through it. The skin on the jam should have just about set, and should wrinkle up. The two halves of the jam either side of your finger mark should remain separate.

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This is a fabulous recipe, I've made it several times and never had a problem.

PatL68878 PatL68878  Posted 04 Nov 2011 5:16 PM

I have just made my very first batch of jam following this recipe and like Jasmine only used half the measured ingredients - Thrilled to bits - Great consistancy and Great taste!!

VeronikaV20714 VeronikaV20714  Posted 07 Aug 2011 9:17 PM

This is a wonderful and easy recipe. I didn't cook the jam as long as suggested because I had half the quantity of each ingredient. I am addicted to the jam... I've been having toast for breakfast and lunch for the past couple of days!

JasmineO37934 JasmineO37934  Posted 20 Feb 2009 5:46 PM