Have you ever made your own jam? It's a lengthy process of cooking the fruit, followed by setting, cooling and jarring. Not to mention the amount of sugar it absorbs - yowza! Well to be honest, it's still pretty manageable and enjoyable as long as you don’t plan your jam-making day on one of the hottest days of the year - I’m talking out of experience here, ufff :)
Anyway, putting everything aside, I still love making jam but sometimes when brilliant people find new ways of making things, you jump (like a crazy woman) on the wagon because it actually works! Furthermore, the jam ends up being equally delicious but much healthier than the traditional mix.
So if you never made jam before or have done it but it seems too fussy to do it again, try this 5-minute 4-ingredient raw strawberry jam and you will see how amazing and easy it can be! This jar of goodness is packed with raw strawberries, chia (aka miracle food that turns liquid into jelly), vanilla and a dash of maple syrup or honey. That is it!
Here is the how: Wash (and cut the tops of) 1 pound of strawberries. Place them in a blender, add half of vanilla bean's scraped out seeds, 3 to 5 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (depending on your sweet tooth) and blend until smooth. While the blender is still running, slowly poor in 3 full tablespoons of chia seeds and blend the whole mix for additional 10 seconds. Pour the jam into a glass jar with a tight-fitted lid and store in the fridge until gelled. Ta dah!
Note: it makes one bigger jar of jam and it should be eaten within a week or so.
Ready, steady, go - and enjoy it with ice cream, morning toasts, natural yogurt, croissant, you name it – it’s that good!
P.S: this galette, that gelato or those scones.
P.P.S: How to use your strawberry tops.
(Recipe adapted from Sarah's My New Roots Cookbook. Photos by exPress-o)