So I decided to experiment and I’m happy to report that the results were delicious and very easy! I had two nice jars of jam and a clean kitchen in less than one hour. One jar I kept as straight-up fruit jam. Into the other jar, I stirred in a few splashes of balsamic vinegar and two grinds from the pepper mill. This one I’ll serve with goat cheese, or perhaps as a glaze for pork or chicken.Besides the organic strawberries, I also used Trader Joe’s Organic Cane Juice Sugar, which I think added a slightly deeper flavor to the sweetness. Because I used less sugar, no pectin and a short cooking time, the jam was a little loose but still jammy enough to spread on my toast the next morning. I also plan on drizzling it over yogurt or ice cream.
Here’s the method:
Wash, hull and chunk 2 pints of very ripe organic strawberries (about 5 cups.) Combine in a heavy sauce pan (I used a Dutch oven) with 1 ½ cups of sugar and cook over a medium flame, mashing down on the fruit with a wooden spoon. Bring to a rolling boil and cook a few minutes more. Carefully spoon into very clean jars and let cool. Screw on lids and refrigerate.
Note: You can sterilize your jars by putting them in the oven. The jam should stay fresh in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks, if you haven’t eaten it all up by then.