One of the most popular sweet spreads is strawberry jam. Maybe because it reminds you so nicely of warm summer days? The aromatic fruits are freshly processed in a variety of cakes and tarts at this time of the year. The ice cream sundae with fresh berries is an absolute classic.
But if you want to catch the summer, go to the kitchen. The strawberries can be processed into jam, ice cream or syrup or simply frozen. Below is a recipe and tips for processing.
Flavoring the strawberry jam with elderberry is only one option. To do this, an umbel is inserted upside down into the glass. It is only removed again after opening. The same can be done, for example, with fresh mint. The spread takes on the aroma during storage. The vanilla sugar gives the strawberries a special aroma. And so you can easily make your own vanilla sugar from leftovers.
This will keep the jam nice and red
- Use 1: 1 preserving sugar
- Use normal sugar – this increases the cooking time by 30 to 50 minutes
- Freeze the finished jam in the jar (don’t worry, the jar stays whole)
- Freeze fresh strawberries and cook fresh jam in batches when nothing is left
Recipe strawberry jam with elderflower
Ingredients & Shopping list
- 1 kg strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 500 g 1: 2 sugar (with 1: 1 sugar the red color stays longer)
- 1 juice of one lemon
- 2 tbsp vanilla sugar (you can easily make it yourself)
- 1 elderflower umbel per glass
- Clean the strawberries and cut into pieces.
- Add the vanilla sugar, lemon juice and sugar. Cover everything and let it stand for at least 2 hours.
- Boil the jars with lids in boiling water and have them ready.
- Put the strawberries in a saucepan and let simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Then make a gelling test.
- Place an elderberry umbel in each glass (stem up). Then fill with jam up to 1 cm below the rim. Screw to the cover.
- Turn the jars upside down for 5 minutes. (In this way the lid takes on the temperature of the hot jam and remains airtight.)
- Let the glasses cool down and then eat them immediately or store them in the pantry.
Tips & Hints
Jam, fruit spread or jam?
Correctly it should be called strawberry fruit spread. Since an EU regulation from 1979, only all mixtures with citrus fruits have been allowed to call themselves jams. This is particularly relevant for producers and retailers. In private terms, however, the name strawberry jam is still unbeatable.
The jam contains pieces of fruit.