When life gives you mushy and bland strawberries make jam with black peppercorns. Why with black peppercorns? because the peppercorns give a pleasant spicy kick. Homemade jam is easy to make and heartwarming.
Strawberry jam with black peppercorns
- 2 cups strawberries
- ½ cup coconut sugar* - or cane sugar
- 5 - 10 pepper corns
- Juice of ½ lemon
- Rinse the strawberries, remove their stem and quarter. Put them with the sugar and black peppercorns into a heavy-bottom saucepan, on a medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then lower the heat to medium-low. Cook for about 20 - 25 minutes (depends on how ripe the strawberries are), giving it a quick stir every now and again with a wooden spoon. While the liquid gradually thickens, the strawberries will soften.
- Add lemon juice and continue to cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Be careful to not let the jam burn in the bottom of the pot!
- Remove from the heat and let it cool for 10 minutes, then carefully spoon the jam into a jar. Cover with the lid and store in the fridge up to 1 week**.
- You can remove the black peppercorns if you like, we keep them in.
**Since the recipe is low in sugar and contains no preservatives, it wouldn't last more than a week, therefor I don't recommend to make a lot of it. To make it last long you need to put extra sugar (at least half of the amount of the fruit) or add a natural preservative such as citric acid.