To be made by adults only!
Although enthusiastic little children love to help out hulling the strawberries!
Makes 4 x 200ml jars
Maisie says that you will need the following;
4 sterilised jam jars
2kg small ripe strawberries
1.7kg jam sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
Edible glitter optional! ( stir in at the end of step 3 before pouring into Jars for added sparkle)
1. Hull the strawberries and discard any rotten ones. Set aside about 10 of the smallest berries, and then mash the rest up into a rough pulp. Put into a wide, thick-bottomed pan, add the sugar and the lemon juice, and bring to the boil. Add the remaining strawberries to the pan, and put a saucer in the freezer.
2. Boil the jam for about 15 minutes, stirring regularly checking the setting point every minute or so during the last 5 minutes. To do this, take the cold saucer out of the freezer, put a little jam on it, and put it back in to cool for a minute. If it wrinkles when you push it with your finger, then it's done. Strawberry jam is unlikely to set very solid though, so don't expect the same results as you would with a marmalade.
3. Take off the heat and skim off the pink scum. Pour into sterilized jars and cover with a disc of waxed paper, seal and store.
4. Gingham fabric jam jar covers add to the effect...the choice is yours!