Strawberry Lime Jam with a little kick

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Two ‘preserves’ in two posts? I’m not going to apologise, but will advise this isn’t really a jam in the preserve sense- more of a refrigerator jam.

Besides, who would have thought that kilo or so of strawberries would produce such indecision? When I saw these strawberries at the markets on the weekend, they were a bargain, but I didn’t count on the options I had for making strawberry jam. I know I could have just gone the straight strawberry route, but it’s such a plain and ordinary road, and I wanted a something a little less travelled and much more interesting.

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The options are amazing, and I’m sure I’ll try a strawberry and vanilla jam in my future, but I was torn between and strawberry and lime recipe and one with strawberry, lime and chili. So I thought I would give them both a go.

I borrowed quite heavily from  this recipe  and a little from this recipe as well.

 

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Strawberry Lime Jam with a little kick
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of strawberries- washed and halved
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 lime- juiced and zested
  • 1 teaspoon of chili flakes
Instructions
  1. Place the berries into a large bowl, with 1 cup of sugar, and allow the berries to macerate for at least 2-3 hours. They will start to make their own juices, sugary syrup. At this stage you could put them on pancakes, or waffles or ice cream.
  2. While you wait, prepare your jars. I used 4 x 250ml jars and didn't fill them all.
  3. Pour macerated strawberries into a large pot and with the remaining cup of sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer until the jam reaches 220 degrees on your candy thermometer. Add the lime zest and juice in the final 5 minutes of cooking.
  4. To test for doneness: dip a cool metal spoon into the hot fruit syrup. Immediately lift it out and turn it horizontally, so it doesn't drip. The jam is done when the drops are very thick and two run together before falling off the spoon.
  5. Put half of the jam into 1-2 jars.
  6. Put the chili flakes into the remaining mix and then place in remaining jars.

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One comment on “Strawberry Lime Jam with a little kick

  1. Thanks for the link love. I adore this jam; it’s one of my favorites to make. And I love the little update/twist that you did here. Happy Eating!

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