It’s late spring here in Arkansas, which means it’s berry season! The weather prevented us from picking our own berries this past weekend, but I was able to buy some from a local farmer at the Sunday Farmer’s Market. I was eager to get my hands on strawberries before the season is over. I used to love strawberry jam. Jams of any kind, especially strawberry and orange marmalade, remind me of many breakfasts spent at my grandparents house.
As I go along my health journey, I have been playing in the kitchen to make healthy creations of my favorite comfort foods and sweets. So I was excited when strawberry season came upon us! I haven’t had jelly or preserves in so long! Granted, this is still a sweet treat, but it’s homemade, without preservatives, and so easy to make!
5 cups strawberries
1 freshly squeezed lemon
1 cup applesauce (unsweetened and organic, or make your own)
3/4 cup coconut sugar
Note: This jam is a little tart, to sweeten it a bit you can add 1/4 cup raw local honey or maple syrup
Put all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Continue to stir for about 30 minutes or until desired thickness. The jam may thicken a bit as it cools, but since it is without pectin it will not be super thick like jelly. Store in a glass jar and use immediately or store in the freezer for later use.
Question of the day: What is your favorite jam?