Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Strawberry-Prosecco Jam

We had popped open a bottle of prosecco to christen our new home and I had some leftover strawberries. So instead of letting the bubbly go to waste (we both had to get up to go to work and didn't want the bubbly-headache), I added juice from 1 lemon and some sugar to make a strawberry-prosecco jam. Piece of cake.
I've made a lot of jams in my culinary life, so I don't usually measure...but my formula is pretty simple: fruit (whatever I have that's not the prettiest or freshest anymore) + sugar + liquid (usually wine) + acid (squeeze of lemon juice).
I found these instructions from Leite's Culinaria: Hot Food, Dry Wit that seem very close to my process.  
  • 4 pounds fruit,rinsed and cubed
  • 2 C organic granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 C liquid (wine, water, or a mixture of both)
  • 1 lemon, halved and juiced
  • lemon zest
1. Sterilize the jars for canning by boiling them and their lids.
2. To make the jam, place the fruit, sugar, liquid, and lemon juice,into a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue to cook, stirring the jam constantly, for about 15 minutes.
3. Reduce the heat to medium. Hold the jam at a constant simmer, checking frequently to make sure the jam isn’t scorched at the bottom of the pot. After 15 minutes, check to see if your jam has set by running a wooden spoon down the middle of your jam. If the jam leaves a path, it's set. If the liquid runs back to fill the path, cook it a little bit longer.
4. Place the jam in sterilized jars, leaving about a 1/2" gap to the top. Gently tap the bottom of each jar on the counter to release any air bubbles. Using a damp clean towel, wipe the rims of the jars and secure the lids and rings. Process in a water bath for 10-15 minutes. Remove the containers with tongs and let cool on the counter.
You’ll hear the sound of can tops popping shortly—a sign that a secure seal has been made. Pop, pop, pop. Or, you can refrigerate the jar without processing and use it within three weeks. Enjoy!


1 comment:

  1. Camilla, the proseco and strawberries sound like a lovely combination. I wonder, does the flavor of the proseco come through in the jam?

    Thank you for sharing your culinary inspirations and talent on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday!



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