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!

Strawberry Jam

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Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Keyword: fresas, Fruit, jam, mermelada, strawberry, Strawberry jam
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 Ibs Strawberries Use ripe strawberries
  • 1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 oz Lemon Juice 1 medium lemon

Instructions

  • Cut the strawberries into chunks and place them in a pot with 1 1/2 cups sugar and the lemon juice. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low heat.
  • Simmer for about 1 hour on low heat. Stir once in a while.
  • Half way thru, mash the mixture with a masher. I love to find chunks of fruit in my jam.
  • Dribble some of the jam onto a wooden spoon and wait a few seconds for it to cool. Run your finger through the jam. If it makes a clear path through the jam and doesn’t fill in, then the jam in ready.
  • Move the jam from the heat and transfer to a clean jar. Cover and cool completely before moving the jam to the fridge for long-term storage.
  • Enjoy and Bon Profit!
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Strawberry Jam

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!

onion jam
onion jam

onion jam

Onion Jam

Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam

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Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: spanish
Keyword: jam, tomato, tomatoes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Tomatoes Very ripe
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Lemon Juice About 1 medium lemon
  • Bunch of Mint  OPTIONAL but recomended

Instructions

  • Fill a large bowl with cold water and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Place the tomatoes in the boiling pot for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the tomatoes from the pot and put them in a cold water bath. Once cold, or at room temperature, peel them.
  • Put the tomatoes into a blender or food procesor and blend them up (it shouldn't take more than a minute).
  • In a sauce pan, combine the sugar, lemon juice, mint (if using) and the 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. Remove the mint.
  • Remove the jam from the heat and transfer to a clean jar. Cover and cool completely before moving the jam to the fridge.
  • Serve with cheese, crackers or with your favorite snack!
  • Enjoy and Bon profit!
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Tomato Jam