I have never managed to get plain strawberry jam to set, partially because I absolutely refuse to add sufficient sugar. Adding gooseberries (or currants) ensures a good set, and adds a very nice tangy flavour too.
- Wash the gooseberries and put them in a sauce pan with the water.
- Cover and bring them to a boil, stirring gently, until they are all popped.
- Press through a sieve, and reserve the puree.
- Discard the skins, stems and seeds.
- Gently rinse the strawberries and drain well.
- Mash them lightly.
- Mix the gooseberry puree, strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a large pot.
- Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves.
- Boil hard until the mixture just reaches the gell stage, about 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and skim.
- Seal in sterilized jars.
- Process in boiling water for 5 minutes.
I have one small gooseberry bush and it was heavy with fruit this year. Picking the gooseberries and making this jam was a great project for my visiting Granddaughter this week-end. The jam set up nicely and there is a sweet/tart flavor we very much enjoyed.
I was gonna post this recipe but you've beaten me to it! I really like this jam. We get a lot of strawberries at this time of year and while I love them fresh, I'm not so keen on them in jam for some reason. This recipe really gives it that sumthin' sumthin' though and is a great recipe that's easy to make. Incidentally I make mine with still-green gooseberries just cos that's how I like them best! Mmmm!
Thanks for posting! I had gooseberries, I had strawberries, wanted to make jam. It is good! It set up perfectly, was easy and DH and my mom like it alot.