STRAWBERRY JAM WITH MINT AND CAMBODIAN PEPPER

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This strawberry jam has now become famous among friends and acquaintances because it is so good, easy and fresh that it is difficult to miss. The recipe comes from the legendary blog “Brussels sprouts” with minimal variations and requires quick preparation, but with an effect similar in some ways to Christiane Ferber’s work, with an effect of fresh fruit, a little jam and a lot of fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg of Terracina strawberries (or field strawberries) – this means clean fruit
  • 500 g of granulated sugar
  • the zest of half an orange
  • a small lemon
  • 1 grain of Cambodian pepper (optional but I recommend it because it is very fragrant)
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 sachet of pectin 2:1

Wash and clean the strawberries well (I recommend Terracina strawberries, the good ones that taste like strawberries… don’t do it with strawberries from the supermarket which is absolutely not the same thing), remove the stalk and cut them in half, the smaller ones you can also leave them whole, and place in a tall pan with a thick bottom.

Remove the zest of half an untreated orange and chop it finely with a knife until you obtain smooth crumbs. In the same way, grind the pepper corn to obtain a fine powder.

Gently wash the mint leaves and break them roughly with your hands.

In the pan, add the sugar, pectin, orange zest and chopped pepper to the strawberries.

Mix delicately to mix everything together, add a little lemon juice and leave to rest for about ten minutes in a cool place.

Place the pan on the heat  and bring to the boil over a gentle heat. If necessary, skim. once it reaches the boil, boil for 3 minutes and turn off (don’t linger otherwise the jam tastes like jam and not fruit). With the blender, give it a quick blend to make it more homogeneous and creamy but don’t overdo it and leave some pieces of fruit whole.

Put them in previously sterilized jars (after having washed them well, boil them for 20 minutes in water and let them dry upside down on a clean cloth) and turn them upside down until they have cooled and gone under vacuum.

And now enjoy this summer in a jar… each one contains all the flavor of fresh strawberries, as if they had just been cut.

And let’s face it… this jam has a beautiful color!

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