Microwave strawberry jam

Microwave strawberry jam

Strawberries are cheap(ish) in the supermarket at the moment, so I decided to have a go at making jam. To reduce the risk of burning it and ending up with a sticky black mess, I decided to make it in the microwave. I used a recipe from a Woman’s Weekly cookbook my mum has, which was simple and, surprisingly, didn’t even need pectin.Apparently the acidity in the lemon juice works with the sugar to jell the natural pectin found in the fruit.

However, I learned two things from this experience:

1) You need a much larger bowl than you think. Due to the overflowing incidents above, I ended up with about 450g of jam from 500g of strawberries, which was not actually that frugal, but it was tasty and a fun experience.

2) You can, in fact, over-set jam. I was so worried that the jam wouldn’t set that I cooked it for too long. When I went to spoon it on my granola the next morning, it just about bent the spoon. Fortunately I managed to fix this by adding some water to the jam and microwaving it again until it reached the consistency I was after.

Ingredients (makes about 500g)

500g strawberries, washed, hulled and halved

2 cups sugar

1/8 cup lemon juice

Method

Place strawberries and lemon juice in a LARGE microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High until soft (about 4 minutes).

Add sugar and mix until dissolved. Microwave on High for bouts of 4 minutes until the jam jells (place a drop on a cold saucer and see if it clumps together, basically looking like jam). This should take about 20 minutes. If your mixture overflows like mine you can split it into smaller batches.

Stand for five minutes before spooning into sterilised jars. You can also sterilise jars in the microwave.

Verdict: While this was yum, it was quite expensive to make and took a lot of clean-up. If I had a cheap source of berries it would probably be more cost-effective, but for the moment I think I will stick to buying jam.

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