Pearl’s Jam!

today i made strawberry jam. Blissful, blessed, sweet, strawberry jam.

strawberries inspire poetry in me. i think you understand.

With summer comes the  bounteous ‘Gasm of Produce.

The best are the berries. When the weather gets hot, the berries get got. (?)

So i got me some berries and made me some Jam. I love jam. Jam on toast, jam on ice cream, jam on a spoon, jam on jam (fusion jams. love it.). JAM IN MY MOUTH. please.

Jam is easy. believe you, me. you never ever ever need to use pectin. NO PECTIN. EVER! NOT ONCE! if you bought some, shame on you. donate it to science.

All you need are berries, lemon juice, sugar, and heat. the rest is handled by the Jam Gods.

I stole my recipe from Ina Garten (shh!) Side note:  i cannot stand her. Whatever. That’s why i said “stole”. Cause it makes me sound edgy.

Strawberry jam:

3 pints strawberries, washed,  hulled, and cut.

1 1/3 cup sugar

juice of two lemons and the zest of one.

Put a tiny plate in the freezer. i will explain later.

In a saucepan combine sugar and juice. on low heat, stir until sugar is dissolved. Add starberries and bump up to medium heat. Let it come to a boil and turn heat back down to low.  Let juices mingle. let some water evaporate. The “gel-iness” of the jam comes from cooking down all the sugars with the acid from the lemon juice. basically an all natural thickening agent.

It can simmer for 2o minutes. stirring on and off.

when you think it’s ready take out that frozen plate.

Drop a little of the jam on the plate and watch it run odwn. If it “sets” up nicely, that is, if the “jam trail” gels a bit, then you are good to go. if it is too runny. continue cooking it.

Dropping hot jam on a frozen plate will simulate the viscosity of the jam once it is cooled. Nifty huh?

When that moment arrives. take it off the heat and let it come to room temperature. Seperate into jars (some to share, some to not) and then put in fridge.

This is so delicious and explosive, you will become Jam addicts, all of you. Most assuredly. But we can be addicts together. it’s ok. all the cool kids are doing.

Happy days,

M

p.s. here’s my precious little berry patch!

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