Strawberries are not just delicious; they’re also incredibly versatile. While they’re often used in jams, compotes, or frozen for later use, this recipe takes a unique approach. You won’t need any cooking for this strawberry jam, and the result is a wonderfully aromatic treat that captures the essence of fresh strawberries. It’s simple, delicious, and a delightful addition to your pantry.
- 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of strawberries
- 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of sugar
- 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) of water
For strawberry jam without cooking, choose small but ripe strawberries.
Remove the stems from the strawberries, wash them under running water, and drain them in a sieve.
Place the strawberries in a bowl.
Now, let’s prepare the syrup:
In 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of sugar, add 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) of water and place it over medium heat.
Boil the syrup for 5-7 minutes until it thickens but doesn’t turn white.
You can check the syrup’s readiness by taking a spoonful and blowing on it gently. If the syrup becomes thick and almost solid, it’s ready.
Pour the hot syrup over the strawberries, cover the bowl, and let it cool.
The strawberries will release their juice, making the syrup thin again.
Strain the cooled strawberry mixture through a sieve, and then bring the strained juice to a boil for 5-7 minutes.
Place the strawberries back into the bowl and pour the boiled syrup over them again.
Allow the strawberries to cool completely.
Repeat this procedure two more times.
If you want a thicker syrup, add more sugar and boil it thoroughly.
After the third round, pack the strawberry jam into sterilized jars and cover them with the hot syrup. Seal the jars with lids and place them in a blanket or towel to cool slowly.
By following this method, your strawberry jam will boast a beautiful, rich color and a delightful, fragrant aroma that will brighten even the coldest winter days. Enjoy the taste of summer all year round!