Strawberry Jam

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Spring is here! Time flies, I  can’t believe it’s April already. I love to see the flowers blooming and to hear the birds singing, don’t you?!

With this nice weather,  I already start feeling the coming of fresh ingredients that we will be arriving soon; raspberries, blueberries, asparagus, tomatoes, etc. and etc.! Can’t wait!

Today at the supermarket,  I saw these gorgeous  strawberries. I could have just eaten them right there they smelled so good. I had a craving for strawberry jam, so I made it! So easy to make at home and  usually a lot healthier too. Seriously, you will want to forget about supermarket jellies, jams or whatever else they call them. This recipe includes lemon, strawberries and some sugar. Boom, done! Lets do it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon

Cut the strawberries into chunks and place them in a pot with 1 1/2 cups sugar and the lemon juice and simmer for about 1 hour on low to medium heat. Stir every 20 minutes.

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After 30 minutes, mash the mixture with a masher. I love to find chunks of fruit in my jam. If you want it more liquidy, blend it at the end.

After 1 hour, if you see that the jam is still liquify , just continue to reduce the liquid a little longer, maybe for an extra 15 to 30 minutes.
Enjoy. Bon profit!
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Onion Jam

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I don’t know about you, but I cook with a lot of onion. In Spain, we use onions all the time for many recipes. You can’t argue that it adds a whole dimension of flavor and I really think onions go well with a lot of different dishes. Previously, I posted a delicious tomato jam, and I thought… why not something similar but with onions?

And then there’s convenience. A lot of the time, I want to make something quick but the recipe calls for a cooked onion. I know that I can toss a chopped onion in the microwave for a minute with some sugar but you know that it is not going to be the same.

I like to have a jar of onion jam already made! Yay! It’s so easy. It takes about 30 minutes and you can have onions for a week! How does it sound to you? Good, right? So let’s see what we have to do…

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients for a 1 pint jar:

– 1 Ib onions

– 1.5 oz olive oil

– 1/3 cup brown sugar (or more if you like it a little sweeter)

– 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (I use Modena)

– Slice the onions very thin. In a medium sauce pan, combine the olive oil and the onions. Cook on low to medium heat for 15 minutes. Stir about every 5 minutes. Add the sugar and the vinegar. Stir until mixed well and cook for another 10-13 minutes. Cover and let it rest for a few minutes.

Delicious as a side, or as a tapa. Pictures are montaditos. One with mozzarella and  onion jam, the other with tomato jam and onion jam. Very yummy!

Bon profit!

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onion jam

Tomato Jam

Ingredients for the tomato jam (makes  about 1/2 pint):

–  2 large, ripe tomatoes (use as many as you want)

– 1 cup sugar

– 1/2 fresh lemon juice

– Bunch of Mint (optional but recommended)

Place the tomatoes in a boiling pot for a few minutes. Place them immediately into a cold water bath and then peel them.

Place them into a blender for a minute.

In a sauce pan, combine the sugar, lemon juice, mint and tomatoes that were already blended. Stir on a low to medium heat for 10 minutes. Place a lid on the sauce pan and leave it on a low heat for 35- 45 minutes. Let it cool down. Remove the mint and then place into a jar.

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After

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You can make as much as you want and store it fIf you want to make more than 1 jar,  I would recommend to place the jam into the jars, put the lids on and place the jars into a pot with hot water for 20 minutes. Then, the jam will last for a few month in the refrigerator. Otherwise is good for a few weeks.

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Bon profit!