Dhara and I recently went strawberry picking — most of these divine berries went into our mouths or a fruit juice or a strawberry jam. The last time I made strawberry jam was in college, so I thought it was about time for another batch! When searching for recipes, I knew I didn’t want to use loads of sugar or even pectin like most recipes call for. I wanted something simple, with whole real ingredients, but at the same time with the least amount of ingredients, so that the full taste of the berries would be experienced. I ended up choosing a recipe for Spicy Strawberry Jam from the Healthy Green Kitchen blog.
I would prefer to call it a strawberry preserve, because that’s just what comes to mind when I taste this jam. I love how the berries are kept whole, and not halved or quartered. Makes for a lovely presentation. After a while of simmering, the berries become a deep, dark, rich color and are speckled with chili seeds. It’s a beautiful jam, really it is. And it tastes even better. Sweet, with just the right amount of heat, or in my case heat — I ended up adding more chiles than what the recipe asked for. Sooo very yummy on homemade bread. This one’s a keeper.
fresh strawberries, right off the vine
organic sugar cane
dried new mexico hot chilies
topped with a sprig of mint, here’s a taste test for the hubs
even baby liked it!
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Your photos are stunning and I am so happy you liked the jam. Thanks for reminding me about that recipe…I need to make another batch very soon!
winnie, thanks for visiting! we loved the jam!!!
Never thought about making jam! Looks really yummy though! Love the pics!