Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam

Capture the flavors of summer with this extremely versatile, no-fuss jam! Skip the stirring— berries, sugar and lemon juice are microwaved on half-power to create a rustic, sweet spread. Try this recipe with other fresh berries such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

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To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

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Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

22-23 mins

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups (225g) fresh strawberries, diced or sliced 
  • ½ cup (100g) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice


Preparation

  1. Add the fruit, sugar, and lemon into the Anyday dish and mix well. Allow the fruit to macerate for 5-10 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved into a thick, syrup-like consistency. 
  2. Cook uncovered at Power Level 6

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 

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    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 22-23 minutes on until the fruit has softened and the syrup coats the back of a rubber spatula. Note that the jam will look loose at this point and it will thicken as it cools. The cook time will also depend on the ripeness of the fruit or if you are using frozen berries. 
  3. Allow the jam to fully cool before using. Jam can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.


Serving suggestions & tips

  • If using frozen strawberries, you may need to add up to 10 more minutes cooking time so make sure to keep an eye for visual cues.
  • This recipe is very versatile! You can use any in-season berry such as blueberries, raspberries or blackberries— fresh or frozen. Follow the same fruit-to-sugar ratio and keep in mind that the total cook time might change, depending on the size and freshness of the berries. 
  • Looking to make a sweet and spicy spread to pair with cheese? Add a pinch of chili flakes to the ingredients and cook as directed.
  • Use the jam in yogurt parfaits, cake or ice cream filling, cocktails, and any other application to your liking.