We hit the warehouse store last night and got four pounds of strawberries. While I am the person who finished a "flat" of strawberries while driving up I-95 one year from Florida to my home in Philadelphia with a pair of Nanday Conures sharing the fruit, I wasn't planning on eating it in a day.
The recipe is going to eat my bread machine because after the first batch there was a puddle of Strawberry goo in the bottom of it.
Make sure the rubber grommet in the bucket around the shaft is intact and it is water tight! My very old and well used bread machine lost that grommet years ago.
This solves your having to stand over a hot stove reducing Strawberries and stirring for 30 minutes or more. Prep time was 10 minutes and it was dead simple. Of course it was, I finally got to use the bread machine for something other than dough!
Update Note: Do not double this recipe in the Bread Machine. Mine is a Hitachi with a vertical bucket. Model HB-B201. When I got excited and doubled the batch, the results was a watery glop that I cooked down for 20 minutes at "medium low" on my electric stove. That would be 3 1/2 to 4 of 8 on the scale. It cooked down to the "Right" consistency. After all, fresh is better than mass quantities every day!
- 9 ounces of Strawberries cut into small pieces
- 3 ounces granulated Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
- Remove stems and leaves from Strawberries and clean them well. I cut mine into small bits that are smaller than 3/4 inches or 2 cm cubed.
- Place Strawberry cubes in bucket of Bread Machine.
- Pour 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice over the strawberries.
- Pour 3 ounces of Sugar over the strawberries.
- Mix the ingredients and allow to sit for 3 minutes to draw out some of the juice.
- Select Jam or Jelly setting on Bread Machine and wait until done.
Alternately, you can add the mixture to a small sauce pan and cook over low to medium heat until your desired texture is achieved.
Yield is about a cup of Strawberry Jam.
The flavor I got on my rye bagel (homemade of course) was an intense Strawberry sweetness. In fact this was better than just about any store bought Strawberry jelly I have had in a very long time!