The quickest way to keep summer berries tasting fresh until winter!

Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

♥ Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

How to bake quick and easy soft set jam.  Enjoy it over plain yoghurt, ice cream, sponge cake, scones or bread for a lovely treat at anytime.  Full recipe and details follow.


I have just travelled back to England with my family for the summer and one of the first things we did was strawberry picking.

A day trip to Cheltenham in Cotswolds to see family friends meant we were spoilt for choice with farms and fields.  Even with the scattered rain, it was a fresh change to the Dubai scenery which is becoming unbearably hot this time of year.

Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

My son had a field day (literally)! Running around on the grass, grabbing and cheekily eating strawberries without a care for the clouds and rain.  Maybe it was the excitement of doing something new that made the berries taste sweeter and even more fun to pick.

Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

We managed to bag ourselves two punnets of bright red strawberries and two large sticks of rhubarb kindly given to us from our family friends who had them growing in the back garden.  Now you can’t get more organic than that!

Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

The fresh produce brought back memories of my mum and I baking raspberries with sugar to make soft set jam after school.  We used to have a beautiful raspberry tree in the back of the garden, which brought us copious berries every summer, but it sadly got knocked down in one of the hurricanes.  Making jam was the best way to preserve the huge collection of fruit before they spoiled.

Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

After some research I discovered the original recipe was from food writer Elizabeth David.  It’s a simple technique of baking the sugar and fruit in separate dishes then mixing them together.  I remember how fascinating it was to see the hot raspberries instantly break down and dissolve into a rich red syrup.

Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

After picking up such wonderful fruit that day in Cheltenham I wanted to recreate that jam.

Strawberries

I experimented this week by using just strawberries and sugar as I had not tried this method for several years and well it worked a charm.  The brilliant thing about this recipe is it’s completely fuss free.  There’s no boiling for hours, no mess, and no sticky or burnt pans to wash out after.  It’s so simple and quick I really encourage you try it with any berries you have.

Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

In this version I have added ginger which brings warmth to the tartness of the rhubarb and brings out the sweetness of the strawberries.  A lovely way to preserve summer fruit and eat them in the winter.  I’m thinking of bringing a few jars to Dubai!

Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

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Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam
Servings
large jar
Ingredients
Servings
large jar
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Sterilise the jars either by boiling, a hot wash in the dishwasher or washing in warm soapy water and placing in a hot oven for 10 minutes until dry.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Wash and prepare fruit. Chop the strawberries in half and slice. Trim and peel the outer skin of the rhubarb then chop half a centimetre slices.
    Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam
  3. Lay the fruit in a baking dish. Place the sugar in a separate baking dish and spread evenly.
    Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam
  4. Bake the fruit and sugar side by side in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes.
    Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam
  5. Carefully remove the dishes from the oven and pour the sugar into the fruit. Stir well incorporating all the fruit. The mixture should become soft and syrupy.
  6. Add in the fresh ginger, the lemon juice and vanilla and mix well.
    Ginger
  7. Pour into sterilised jars and leave to cool. The jam should last at least 6 months.
    Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Jam
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Let me know if you try this technique and what combination of fruit you use.  Don’t forget to send me photographs of your efforts… Happy jamming!

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