Strawberry jam

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This recipe will provide a beautiful plain strawberry jam, but feel free to experiment by adding different flavours. I like to add vanilla seeds, pink peppercorns or fresh picked thyme leaves for something a bit different! This recipe makes 4–5 250ml jars.

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Begin by putting a plate in the freezer. This will help you test when the jam is ready later on
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Hull and quarter the strawberries and place in a heavy-based pan
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Add the sugar and juice from the lemon to the pan and place over a low heat, stirring to stop the sugar catching on the bottom of the pan
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Leave to simmer for 20 minutes, skimming away any froth which gathers on the surface
5
To test if the jam is the correct consistency, remove the plate form the freezer and spoon a little jam onto the plate. Place in the fridge to set for a couple of minutes. If the jam forms a skin and sets then it is ready to jar. If not, return to the heat and continue cooking, repeating the test every 5 minutes
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Leave to sit for 15 minutes to cool slightly and allow the berries to settle
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Spoon the jam into the sterilised jar, seal, and label with the date. The jam will keep in a cool dark place for 1 year, once opened keep in the fridge
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