I posted this recipe and pattern last year, but not together. I also changed my domain and my website since then, so I thought it would be a huge waste if this wonderful strawberry jam recipe along with the Strawberry Jar Cover Pattern got lost somewhere in the shuffle and just forgotten about. Especially since strawberry season is just now beginning :). So if you like strawberries, crocheting, and making your own jam then please keep reading.
Homemade Strawberry Jam with Chia Seeds and Mint
- 1 kg / 2 lbs strawberries,
- 250 g / 8 oz sugar,
- 30 g/ 3 tbsp lemon juice,
- 1/2 tbsp sea salt,
- 30 g / 2 tbsp chia seeds,
- (20 g / 1 tbsp butter),
- 3 tbsp mint,
- sterilized jars
- Wash strawberries and remove the stems.
- Chop strawberries and stir in the sugar. Add lemon juice, salt and mint. Let sit for two or more hours. I do overnight.
- Add strawberry mixture to a large pot and bring the jam to boil. Allow simmering for about 15 – 20 minutes.
- In the meantime, put a small saucer in the freezer, it will serve as a test aid for later.
- After 15 -20 minutes, add chia seeds and butter, stir and let it bubble 5 more minutes. Chia seeds swell. Butter is added to clean jam so it does not have foam and is clear, but you can omit it.
- To test if a jam has the correct consistency, you can put some jam on the chilled saucer. Jam should run very slowly and be the way you like it. If it’s too sparse, let it gently bubble and reduce it. If it is just right, you can fill it in sterilized jars and close it immediately.
Tip 1: Homemade strawberry jam (if you don't eat it first of course lol), in a nice jar, decorated with the Strawberry Jar Cover would make for a wonderful Christmas gift.
Tip 2: Use your small strawberry applique for many other projects.The strawberries would look great as an applique for children clothing, for pillows or baby blankets and so on. Also, you can use it for scrapbooking, cardmaking or another crafting project.