Charly: Spread the love!

These past few weeks have been manic! Full of lovely tonsillitis, they won’t take mine out; my frustration is growing at my constant illness!! I did some Christmas shopping and it’s been all go with family stuff, just what you need on the run up to Christmas ay?

Well looking at my list of things to do I noticed jam making was on the list.

I made some jam last year for friends and family, and I had some requests for some more this year. Having some free time Sunday, I thought it was a good time to get a few jars of jam done. I put on the Christmas tunes and was away for the rest of the afternoon! This was a particularly nice thing to do after battling it out at the shops in the morning getting my last Christmas pressie.

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If you feel like making something this year for your loved ones, why not try this one?

Just be prepared to stir your heart out!

Ingredients

CBstar     1kg of strawberries

CBstar     1kg of sugar

CBstar     ½ a freshly squeezed lemon

CBstar    (You could add a tiny bit of cinnamon for a really Christmassy taste!)

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Method

CBstar     Place a spoon, or saucer in the freezer. All will be revealed why later on!

CBstar    Wash, hull and cut you strawberry’s, getting rid of any dodgy bits!

CBstar    Sterilise your jam jars. Wash all the jars, poor boiling water in then leave to dry. After, place in the oven on gas mark 1 for at least half an hour.

CBstar     Place all the strawberries in a saucepan; add the lemon juice and sugar.

CBstar     Stir over a gentle heat until sugar has dissolved. After this turn up the heat and stir away, we don’t want any jam sticking to the bottom of the pan! Remove all the scum from the top as it boils.

CBstar     Keep on stirring until it thickens. Then we want to test the setting point.

CBstar    To test the setting point, place a drop of jam on the back of the spoon or on the saucer that we put in the freezer, wait a few seconds then push the edge of the jam with your finger. If it wrinkles it’s set, if not place back onto the heat for more stirring!

CBstar     When the jam is at setting point, remove the jars from the oven and carefully put your jam into the jars. Wipe your jars clean, add a label and hey presto you have yourself some homemade jam!

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I hope you like jamming tooooo!

Charly bee xx

(You can read more about Charly here)

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