Faced with a glut of strawberries and not quite sure what to do with all of this fruit? This strawberry and elderflower jam is gorgeously delicate and floral and so easy to make! If you love jam and want a foolproof jam, this is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
This jam was inspired by a recent trip to the markets where punnets of beautiful ruby red strawberries were just $1. Unable to resist a bargain I ended up buying 6 punnets of them. "I don't even like strawberries" protested Mr NQN. "Shhh I'll make something out of them," with more certainty than I felt.
This strawberry and elderflower jam recipe came about in a roundabout way. For years I wanted to try to make freezer jam. A recipe did the round on American blogs and someone I knew asked me if I had ever tried it. It required liquid pectin which we don't really have here (I'm pretty sure it was popularised by Kraft who sells liquid pectin in America). I didn't want to make a whole lot because to me freezer jam was sort of a strange concept. Why would I keep jam in the freezer when the whole purpose of jam is to preserve something so you can keep it in the pantry or easily give it as gifts. I also don't have a huge freezer and it's already full of random things so I didn't want jars of jam in there.
Nevertheless with my punnets of strawberries I made one small batch of freezer jam. It required A LOT of sugar. Like double the amount of sugar for the weight of fruit which didn't overly thrill me. I also couldn't get freezer jam to work for me. It was a pain in the bottom, required a lot of stirring and then even then the sugar would not dissolve so I ended up having to boil it (it was described as a "no cook" jam). The result was a super thick, super sweet, tacky textured jam with tiny, indistinguishable pieces of fruit and a lot of liquid that just wasn't to my taste. I like less sweet, looser set jams that you can easily spoon into cream and scones with big chunks of fruit.
Undeterred I still really wanted to make a really easy strawberry jam recipe especially since I still had so many berries. If you want the make jam the easiest way possible give this microwave jam a go. It's all done in one bowl, practically takes care of itself while you get on with doing something else.
But it couldn't just be straight strawberry jam. When I went to my pantry to grab some vanilla, a bottle winked at me (I swear sometimes things do that and yes I am crazy so yeah). It was a bottle of St Germain, a divine elderflower liqueur. So I bypassed the vanilla and added a few tablespoons of St Germain at the end and honestly it made this jam incredibly fragrant and gorgeous. I was even tempted to go back and buy more fruit to make more jam! ;)
So tell me Dear Reader, do you feel that things just sort of wink at you demanding your attention? Have you ever tried making freezer jam? How do you like your jam?