About this recipe:This simple jam can be made entirely in the microwave and is a great way to preserve fresh summer berries when they are cheap and in plentiful supply.
500 g strawberries or raspberries
50 ml lemon juice
500 g jam sugar
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Method Prep:1min › Cook:20min › Ready in:21min
Put the strawberries in a large, microwaveable bowl with the lemon juice. Cook on full power for 4 minutes, or until the fruit is soft.
Stir in the sugar and when completely dissolved, cook for 15–20 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes.
To test when the jam is ready, after 15 minutes, spoon a little jam onto a chilled saucer, cool for a few seconds then push a finger across it. If the surface wrinkles, it has reached setting point, if not, cook the jam for a further 3 minutes, then test again. Continue testing every 3 minutes until setting point is reached.
Stand for 5 minutes, then pour into warm sterilised jars, seal and label.
*Cooking time will vary depending on the power of the microwave and ripeness of the fruit. *Jam sugar contains a balanced amount of natural pectin and citric acid, which overcomes the problem of setting encountered with some fruits, like strawberries with low pectin levels. You can therefore be sure of a perfect set.
I had never made jam before so I thought I'd use this recipe as it seemed easy in the microwave. I decided to half the ingredients in case it didn't work (because I've never made it). When I was cooking it in the microwave, I had to stir it every 1 minute because it kept overflowing in the bowl. I suggest that if you are going to use this recipe, you'll need a very large bowl. Apart from that, it was a good recipe, easy to follow. - 01 Jun 2013