Strawberry jam – The mention of this takes me back to my childhood when my Dad got several bottles of Strawberry jam from Mahableshwar. That was the first time that I tasted strawberry jam. I think I was in class 10th that time. Ever since then, we would get the store brought strawberry jam, but taste would never be like the Mahableshwar jam.
2 years back I had been to UK for a holiday, that time I found some strawberry preserves in Tesco. I brought a couple of bottles for my family, but they too got over in a jiffy. The jam that I made today is just like the jam that we got from UK. It has those chunks of strawberry and tastes awesome.
Every morning my daughter has chapati and jam for breakfast. This only concerns me because the store brought jam has preservatives added to it. Making this jam at home was a great achievement. Daughter was excited when I told that I am making jam and even when I was making the jam, she was just jumping in the kitchen and trying to see how the jam was getting cooked. Finally she got a chair and stood on top of it to get a better view of the jam.
After the jam was ready, she had it for dinner with chapati. She loved it. Hubby just keeps saying that the jam tastes just like the jam we had bought from UK. The taste of the jam improves on the next day. Since strawberry has natural pectin, do not add any pectin into this. Lemon juice acts as a natural preservative making this jam healthy.
Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C and are packed with antioxidants. They promote overall health as they are rich in folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, magnesium and other nutrients. Consumption of strawberries helps fight cancer, helps make the skin wrinkle free, promotes eye health, regulates blood pressure and fights bad cholesterol. These are few health benefits that I have listed, but there are many more. Hence don’t miss them this season when you can get plenty of strawberries. You can eat them in a variety of ways – add them to milk and make strawberry milkshake, strawberry cake or make a salsa (recipe coming soon) or add them to kheer and make phirni.
You can serve this strawberry jam with chapatti or spread it on bread slice. You can also try this preservative free mango jam.