Nice and Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe

When life gives you strawberries – what else are you gonna make? And who doesn’t love a strawberry jam. I certainly do! Our 101 steps to happiness definitely involves a good dollop of Jam.

I was surprised to know how creative jam making can get! From Gin to Proceso you could literally add anything to make your own special jam combo.

But first things first – you need to get the basics right. So I reached out to Jam expert Tricia, founder of Peckham Preservative for a quick an easy strawberry recipe for you to try at home and it's super easy to make.

This is Tricia’s Strawberry Jam recipe.

I use equal amount sugar to soft fruit it's jam and that is what provides the preservative quality. To get it to set is a bit of chemistry - there needs to be heat (105c), pectin and acid. So if you are doing strawberry, depending upon the ripeness you may need to add pectin (I quite like Apple pectin), deffo need to add acid in the form of lemon juice. You'll need a big pan, the jam will boil up. I normally do one to two kilo of fruit in my 9 ltr pan.

I suggest 500g strawberries, 500g sugar, juice of one lemon and pectin as advised on pectin container. Chop up fruit, pour on lemon juice, I leave covered for an hour or so to let the acid to start working. Start the cooking then add sugar. Bring to the boil (mind it doesn't boil over), stir to stop it burning. Boil at 105 for about 10 to 15 mins start to test for set (put saucer in freezer to cool, put a dob of jam on saucer give it a moment then gently push your finger through to see if it wrinkles) if set turn off

Heat and stir slowly to dissipate bubbles (some people add butter to help this, I don't to keep things vegan). Let jam cool for a bit so that the fruit bits are distributed evenly in jar. Decant to hot pre sterilized jars (I do mine in the dishwasher just before I start cooking, you can wash in soapy water, rinse then put in a hot oven to sterilize). Fill and put on jar lids while jar and jam still hot, this will create a seal to keep jam preserved for ages. Done!

Of course I know some of us really don’t have the time or patience to perfect our own jam creation so if like me you’re in a hurry – because breakfast is only a few hours away you can get your jam fix at Saberbooth Hoxton Coffee Shop: 285 Hoxton St, Whitmore Estate, London N1 5JX