Fresh Strawberry Jam (Sweetened Naturally!)
The end of summer is approaching and with that means that berry season is coming to a close. :(( I love fresh berries, they have become my absolute favorite way to sweeten my toast or waffles. When I was doing a low sugar diet to help kill off some extra candida in my gut, I got hooked on these low glycemic gift! (Along with fresh ground almond butter! :)) Anyhow, I often stock up on berries at the end of the summer because I am just hoping to hold on to them a little bit longer, but this means of course I risk them going bad and me not being able to use them. So… enters lots of fresh jams! I sweeten mine with honey, to keep it refined sugar free, and no added fruit juice. I also do not add pectic or gelatin as most fruits don’t need it! It’s all about cook time and with plenty of it you will still get a nice firm jam without an unnecessary ingredient! I hope you can use this to savor those summer berries throughout the rest of the year.
2 ½ pounds strawberries, quartered and hulled
1 cup honey
Juice from one orange
zest of ½ orange
Rinse and drain the strawberries.
Quarter the berries and try to best you can to get the middles out.
Put the strawberries, honey, orange juice and zest into the medium sized pot.
Bring to a boil, and then immediately turn down the heat to a simmer. Stirring often to keep the heat evenly distributed.
Simmer slowly for 25-30 mins., stirring occasionally.
You can test to see if the jam is ready by putting a little taste on a spoon and setting it in the freezer for 1-2 mins. If it thickens up you are ready to go. If not, then cook for 3-5 more mins and then test again.
Put in a jar and allow to come to room temperature (if you are not canning this). Then cover and put in the fridge to be used within 2 weeks.
If you want to can it then follow these instructions HERE…