As I have had a really good crop of strawberries this year, I decided to have a go at making some jam. Now I have never made jam before so this was going to be an experience! So... I found a nice easy recipe..... 600grms strawberries, juice of one lemon, and 600grms sugar. How easy is that!! So, I put the strawberries and lemon juice into the saucepan and heated slowly, I was getting bored bcause it was taking ages, so I kept turning up the heat. The smell was lovely, and the colour.. well, devine... I was just about to give myself a pat on the back for being a smartypants when all of a sudden the pan erupted! There was jam getting nearer and nearer the top of the pan! Help! I called to my husband, I need a bigger pan. Where is it? he asked. In the cupboard over there, I replied. Panic over. I consulted my other cookery book and it informed me that I needed a rolling boil until setting point was reached. How will I know when that is I thought.I consulted another cookery book which told me to test the jam every couple of minutes by putting a small amount onto a cold plate, let it cool, then gently push with my finger to see if it crinkled! Its all very complicated I thought. Anyway, while I was waiting I popped outside to hang some washing out, came back in and thought I can smell burning!! Oh no! My jam! I quickly turned the heat off, and looked dubiously into the pan... Fingers crossed, I think I might have caught it just in time. It definitely has reached "setting" point, I am waiting for it to cool so that I can pour it into the jars that are in a warm oven. I wonder if Sam would like Strawberry Jam sandwiches for his lunchbox tomorrow.........It's easy when you know how....!
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