|Strawberry Trivia: They get their name from the straw that farmers place under the plants to reduce rotting|
|Strawberry picking tip: wear old, dark colored clothes to prevent staining--picking berries is juicy work!|
Once we returned home, we decided to whip up some jam, using just three ingredients:
We used extra lemon and created a delicious jam the tastes just like Strawberry Lemonade!
Strawberry Lemonade Jam
4 cups strawberries (about 1 1/2 quarts), stems removed
1/4 cup agave nectar (or 1/2 cup sugar)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
pinch of salt
Remove the stems of the strawberries and mash with a fork:
Add the agave nectar and zest, stir well:
Reserve the lemon juice for another use (try it in your ice tea, perhaps?), then place the lemon halves and your strawberry mixture in a sauce pan (the lemon has natural pectin to help thicken the jam). Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, if desired:
Bring to a boil then simmer for 15-20 minutes, uncovered, or until the jam reduces by about half:
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. I am not a canner, but you could can this too!
Enjoy! The tartness of the lemon really complements the strawberry-agave flavors. We've been enjoying this jam all week, we might need to go back to the farm and get more berries!
Life is sweet,