Breakfast is served!
Jam or fruit preserves are one of the simplest things to make. Basically you are just cooking fruit until it turns to mush (is that a technical term?!).
So anything you can buy in bulk at the farmers market or if you have some extra fruit lying around – get creative and make your own jam. No preservatives or additives when its homemade!
I happened to have some strawberries and plums in my fruit basket, plus I added a little orange rind and juice to give it a little tartness. I bought some Ricotta Cheese from the lovely Bedford Cheese Shop here in Williamsburg, BK, along with a delicious Fennel Raisin Loaf from Amy’s Bread.
For one 8 ounce mason jar
1 cup of strawberries
juice of 1/2 an orange
1 tsp of grated orange zest (rind)
2 tbsp of honey
In a small pan over high heat add all of the ingredients and cook for about 20 mins, until it has a jam like consistency (ha! that’s easy enough)
Meanwhile add your mason jar to boiling water (lid included) to sterilize it. Remove carefully and pour jam inside, close and put in refrigerator over night.
* Note: for people who are used to store-bought jams, next time you are in the store read the label of your favorite brand. Check out the preservatives and amount of added sugar. Homemade will not taste as sweet but I promise you it is better for you. So you can experiment with each batch. If you want it sweeter you can add more honey or agave for example, if you want to be a purest don’t add anything. It’s up to you.
This should last in the fridge for a couple of weeks. But I say put it on everything! Toast, scones, ice-cream, yogurt, granola, or eat it straight out of the jar 🙂