This past weekend, a local farm opened up their “Pick Your Own” strawberry patch. I loaded the kids in the car, to get there shortly after they opened, to beat the heat and crowds.
Thankfully, the sun was hiding behind the clouds and we didn’t sweat to death. The kids had a blast and before long, we picked a busket full of berries. Once we arrived home; my husband requested strawberry jam.
Whenever I think of it, I immediately am reminded of my grandma. She made the best strawberry jam- what I wouldn’t give for a jar of that right now! I’m still trying to track down her recipe, in the meantime I have a tasty refrigerator jam to share. It’s simple and only requires 3 ingredients.
Strawberry Refrigerator Jam: (slightly adapted from the blog “Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom”)
- 4.5 cups strawberries, sliced
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
1. In a sauce pan, mix strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice.
2. Stir over med-low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
3. Increase heat to med-high and bring mixture to boil.
Stir frequently mashing the strawberries, continue to boil, until jam is thickened and bubbles completely cover the surface of the jam. (about 15 minutes.) Cook until mixture reaches consistency you like- if you want slightly thicker cook down a little longer.
4. Transfer jam to a mason jar and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
*Seal jars and store in refrigerator for about 2 weeks (or freeze)
This jam is tart and sweet-I love to slather it on toast or stir into oatmeal. It would also be awesome over vanilla ice cream. Strawberry season is fantastic and I can’t wait to go back to the farm and grab more fresh berries.
Thanks for reading! xo