How to Make Homemade Jam + Different Ways to Use It
It's easier than you might think!
Making homemade jam is a lot easier than it sounds, especially if you're working with fresh local strawberries. All you have to do is place cleaned and chopped berries in a pot alongside half the amount (in weight) of white sugar and the juice of one lemon. Allow to macerate for 10 to 15 minutes before cooking over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. To check if the jam is done, place a drop of warm jam on a chilled plate and run your finger through it. If it makes a clean line, you're done!
There are also a variety of ways on how to use it in your kitchen:
1 Make a sweet syrup.
You'll stop buying artificially flavored berry syrups once you learn how to make an all-natural version at home! Stir together cleaned and roughly chopped berries with a few tablespoons of white sugar in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Once the fruit releases most of its liquid after around 10 to 15 minutes, strain the mixture and transfer the syrup to an airtight container. Use the syrup to top sundaes and flavor soda, and use the fruit to fill tarts and make salads.
2 Turn it into an insta-glaze!
Did you know that the shiny glaze on all your favorite fruit pastries is actually made of jam? Give your homemade fruit tarts a professional sheen by topping them with a quick and easy berry glaze! Heat a few tablespoons of berry jam or jelly in a saucepan with a tablespoon of water. Once the mixture thins out, immediately brush on top of fruit tarts and pastries with a pastry brush.
3 Make berry brownies
Tart fruits like strawberries and cherries are the perfect way to jazz up boxed brownie mixes. To make these berry-filled chocolate treats, prepare the brownie mix according to the directions on the package. Right before baking, swirl a few tablespoons of cherry, raspberry, or strawberry jam through the batter with a skewer. The result? A design that's as tasty as it is pretty!
4 Make sweeter sauces
It isn't too unusual to find berries and other fruit in savory dishes. In fact, a dash of berry goodness helps give classic rich sauces a bit of sweet finesse. If you've made a rich stew with a deeplysavory sauce or a roast with tasty pan drippings, try stirring in a teaspoonful of berry jam, purée, or syrup. It'll round out the flavors and help keep things nice and mellow.
Tips were originally published in the March 2017 issue of Yummy magazine. Minor edits were made by the Yummy.ph editors.