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We were recently donated a preserving pan (thanks Uncle Graeme) and this was our first ever attempt at jam-making. If only we’d realised how easy it was before and so much better than shop-bought. We’re already on our second jar and it’s a great gift to give to friends.

Soft-set Strawberry and Pimm’s Jam – makes 5 450g jars 

  • 1.5kg strawberries, hulled and halved if large
  • 1kg jam sugar
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 3 tbsp Pimm’s No. 1

Put a few saucers in the freezer (you’ll need them later to check if the jam is ready). Put the strawberries into a preserving pan (or the biggest saucepan you have), then roughly mash the strawberries with a potato masher. Stir in the sugar and put the pan over a very low heat. Stir now and then until the sugar has dissolved and there is lots of red syrup in the pan. Be careful not to let it boil. Stir in the orange and lemon juices when the sugar crystals have dissolved.

Turn up the heat and let the jam come to a foaming fast boil (if you have a jam thermometer it should read 105C). After 10 minutes, put a tsp of the jam onto one of the frozen saucers, then push your finger through the jam. If the jam wrinkles, it is ready. If not, leave for another couple of minutes and test again. Leave the jam to cool for 30 minutes, skim off the scum, and add the Pimm’s. Ladle into sterilised jars.

(Original recipe from BBC Good Food)

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