Strawberry Jam

For some reason strawberries are ridiculously cheap at the moment... I'd say there is a surplus of them because of the unusually warm weather. At some stores you can buy 4 punnets for a dollar which is crazy because usually its $4 for one punnet!

Having about 5 punnets in my fridge and knowing I wouldn't be able to eat them all before they turned yucky I decided to make some jam out of them. It's super easy and you should do it now while strawberries are cheap!

You will need...
4 punnets of strawberries, washed and hulled
3/4 cup of caster sugar
1 vanilla pod (split in half)
1-2 drops of lemon juice

1. Chop your strawberries up roughly and place them in a pot with the sugar, vanilla and lemon juice, give them a mix to coat.
2. Turn the heat to low, and slowly cook for 45 minutes. Jam is ready when it is thick and gelatinous.
3. To store, sterilise a jar by placing it in boiling water for 30 seconds, remove with tongs and spoon the hot jam into the jar. Seal with the sterilised lid and cover with cloth and an elastic band. Pop in the fridge and it should last 6 months (if it doesn't all get eaten by then!)

You can do variations of this if you like- add rhubarb and cinnamon, or other types of berries.


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