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Strawberry Jam recipe

10 Jun
Sophie Grigson’s step by step strawberry Jam recipe from the BBC Good Food website. Perfect for slathering on a Victoria sponge.
10 min video available on the BBC Food website.
From the BBC Food site

From the BBC Food site



Preparation method

  1. The day before you wish to make the jam, hull and halve the strawberries. Check for soft spots (which must be removed) and discard any berries with bruises or that are overripe.
  2. Place the strawberries into a large bowl with 500g/18oz of the sugar. Turn carefully to mix and coat well, then cover with cling film and place into the fridge overnight.
  3. The next day, place a saucer into the freezer to chill – you’ll need this when you come to test the setting point of the jam.
  4. Sterilise the jam jars – first wash the jars in soapy water and rinse in clean warm water. Allow them to drip-dry, upside down, on a rack in the oven set to 140C/275F/Gas 1. Leave them there for at least half an hour while you make the jam.
  5. Pour the strawberries, their juice and any residual sugary juices into a very large pan or preserving pan, remembering that the mixture will rise as it boils, and add the remaining 500g/18oz sugar and the lemon juice.
  6. Stir over a gentle heat until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  7. Bring the strawberries up to the boil then boil hard until the jam reaches setting point. Check the setting point every ten minutes, although it may take up to half an hour to reach setting point.
  8. To test the setting point, remove the pan from the heat. Take your saucer from the freezer and place a drop of jam onto the cold plate. After a few seconds push the jam with your finger.
  9. If the jam surface wrinkles then it has reached setting point and is ready. If it slides about as a liquid, then it hasn’t reached setting point and should be returned to the heat and boiled for a few more minutes before testing again.
  10. When setting point has been reached, turn off the heat. Stir in the butter and skim off any scum on the surface of the jam with a large spoon.
  11. Let the jam cool and thicken in the pan for ten minutes, so that the strawberries don’t all sink to the bottom in the jam jars.
  12. Carefully remove the sterilised jars from the oven with oven gloves – try to avoid touching the insides of the jars with the oven gloves, which might introduce unwelcome bacteria.
  13. Stir the jam, then ladle it into the sterilised jars. Use a jam funnel, if you have one, to avoid spilling too much jam.
  14. Cover the top surface of the jam in each jar with waxed paper discs that have been cut to size – they should cover the entire surface of the jam. Press the wax disc down to create a complete seal.
  15. Cover with a lid while still hot, label and store in a cool, dark cupboard for up to a year.

They make superb gifts, dress them up, dress them down. Add home made scones, or just a spoon. Jam is a nice gift that shows time and effort has gone into the gift giving thought process.


Healthy breakfast muffin mix in a jar

1 Jun

I saw this pic and just had to find out what was inside. Its from Ideas Mag

This looks like a great one to try & is so pretty!

From Ideasmag.co.za

Sift 375 ml cake flour
10 ml baking powder
1 ml bicarbonate of soda
1 ml salt together.

Layer in a jar with:

250ml quick-cooking rolled oats,
125ml brown sugar,
250ml chopped mixed dried fruit such as pineapple, goji berries, cherries or nectarine,
and 90ml mixed nuts and seeds.

Make a label that reads as follows:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Empty the contents into a bowl. Beat 65ml melted butter, 250ml milk or yoghurt and 1 large egg together, then stir into the dry ingredients.

Spoon into greased and lined muffin tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through.

Packaging instructions

Print or write the name of the mix on a small paper doily. Glue the doily in place on the glass jar and decorate with a piece of ribbon.

Type or write the recipe on a gift tag and and punch a hole in the tag.

Insert a metal eyelet with an eyelet setting tool.

Thread a piece of string through the hole and tie the tag to the jar.

Gingerbread in a Jar recipe

20 Apr

Gingerbread in a Jar from AllRecipes.co.uk

These can be created with regular jam jars topped with pretty fabric, or kilner style jars (available at a couple of £ at Asda and Ikea) and then riboon wrapped with a luggage tag attached detailing the recipe and any additional ingredients used.

I made these a couple of years ago for friends and i know the idea has been passed on!

All Recipes information about this jar recipe:

Gingerbread in a Jar from AllRecipes.co.uk

The perfect Christmas food gift for any foodie. Gingerbread biscuit mix is layered in a jar and tagged with instructions. You can also attach a Christmas-shaped cutter to the jar, if you wish.

Ready in 20 mins


Makes: 18 cookies, when prepared
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 220g dark brown soft sugar

Preparation method

Prep: 20 mins

This was found and shared from: All Recipes post