for mum and kel. my jam sisters.
i still don't think my nanna believes you can make proper jam in the microwave... although she has asked for another jar!
a Sydney Markets recipe.
750g strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
2 cups caster sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1. combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a large heatproof bowl. stir until strawberries are well coated with sugar mixture.
2. microwave, uncovered, for 7minutes on high power. stir with a wooden spoon. brush sides of bowl with a wet brush to remove sugar crystals. microwave for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 5minutes, until jam reaches setting point*. spoon hot jam into a 500ml sterilized jar. cover with lid. seal tightly when cold.
*to check if jam is at setting point, place 1 teaspoon onto a chilled saucer. freeze for 1-2minutes. run your finger through jam, if the surgace wrinkles and jam stays in 2 portions, it's ready to spoon into jar. if not, cook for another 1-5minutes until jam reaches setting point.
NOTE: my favourite alternative is to use 2/3 strawberries and 1/3 blueberries. a very yum combination. and i use organic raw sugar and have have had great results!