Sample the fruits of your labour this summer with a tasty strawberry jam recipe created by Haskins Garden Centre with tips on how to grow your own.
Strawberries are easy to grow and it’s the perfect time to get planting as the British climate heats up. The fruity berries can be harvested from borders, growbags, containers or hanging baskets – they just need plenty of sun, shelter and fertile, well-drained soil.
Pick your strawberries when they are bright red all over, ideally during the warmest part of the day when they are the tastiest. For more tips on how to grow delicious strawberries please visit www. haskins.co.uk
Recipe – strawberry jam
Step in to summer with this strawberry jam recipe which will make enough for one jar. Strawberry jam is the perfect accompaniment to a sandwich, scone or cake.
½ tsp butter
• Layer the sugar and strawberries into a large bowl, finishing with a layer of sugar. Cover and leave for one day
• By the following day, your berries should have reduced into lumpy sugary pink syrup. Tip the mixture into a large heavy-based pan and warm to dissolve the remaining sugar. Once dissolved, bring to the boil, stirring frequently
• Add the lemon juice, return to the boil for 10 mins, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat
• After 40 minutes, the jam should be a jelly-like consistency to indicate it is ready
• Allow to cool for half an hour, then pour into sterilised jars leaving 1cm from the top and seal
Keeps for 1 year – store in the fridge once open.
If the surface of the jam contains too much froth, stir in the butter to reduce.