10 Minute Strawberry Jam:
Time required: 10 minutes of actual cooking time plus overnight for macerating the fruit in sugar. (=the fruit is sprinkled with sweetener, then left to sit and release it’s own juices).
- 2 baskets of organic strawberries
- 1/2 teaspoon of agar-agar (in powder)
- 8 ounces of organic cane sugar, honey or fruit juice concentrate
Boil agar-agar in a liquid for one minute, then cool. (Do not add acidic things like lemon juice to the mixture.)
- Clean and hull the strawberries. Weigh both; use half that weight in sugar. I had one pound of fruit, so I used 8 ounces of sugar total; cut the fruit up.
For seedless jam: run the crushed berries through a Foley food mill or other strainer.
- Place the fruit and ‘sugar’ in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap; place in the fridge, let sit overnight.
- The next day, you will have a lot of juice in that bowl; place strawberries in a strainer and collect the juice. Boil the juice for 5 minutes.
- Add the fruit to the juice stir, boil the mixture for 4 minutes.
- Add the agar-agar and mix well; boil for one additional minute.
- Pour into sterilized jars and cool. The jam will keep for 2 months.
What is Agar Agar ?
Agar Agar is a flavorless vegan alternative to gelatin. It is used in processed foods to gel, thicken, texturize and stabilize confectioneries, dairy products, baked goods, sauces and dressings, meat products and even beverages. Agar Agar is found in Japan and processed from red algae into sheets, flakes and powder. The powder and flake forms are easy to work with and are high in proteins and fiber. Use 1 tablespoon Agar Flakes to thicken 1 cup of liquid. Use 1 teaspoon Agar Powder to thicken 1 cup of liquid. Follow directions on product packaging for use.
3 advantages of using agar-agar versus pectin?
You can use a lot less sugar
It cooks a lot faster
It is Non Gmo.
NOTE: To sterilize the jars, wash in hot soapy water, rinse, then place in a 300F oven for 20 minutes. Sterilize the lids in simmering water for a few minutes. OR: simply in your dishwasher “sterilize setting”.
Adapted from: C’est moi qui l’ai fait/ http://tinyurl.com/43nbyhv taste of Beirut