It's definitely summer time when you see the fresh rhubarb sold at the local Farmer's market or even grocery store. So take fresh strawberries and rhubarb and make a delicious strawberry rhubarb jam without pectin.
This jam is sweet and made with fresh strawberries, rhubarb, and lemon juice. The only artificial ingredient is the sugar.This jam can be used on toast in the mornings, on cookies, or even in pie or tarts. It's super simple to make and will last 2 weeks in the fridge.
Nonetheless, I don't think it will last that long in my fridge as my kids are eating me out of house and home this summer. I'm pretty sure I can make a strawberry rhubarb jam and peanut butter sandwich and it will be gone in 2 bites!
Rhubarb is another produce that is underestimated. I have always liked it and can vaguely remember my great aunt Marion bringing over pies to our house in the summertime as a kid. I'm pretty sure I would always sneak a bite and then come back for more in between playing.
If I am being honest, I have never really cooked with rhubarb before, but after making this strawberry rhubarb jam, I am sure disappointed in myself. It is sooooooo good and is now forever a part of my menu!
There are only 4 ingredients in this recipe!
- Fresh strawberries
- Granulated sugar
- Lemon juice: bottled is best actually because the acid level is more controlled versus fresh lemons as the size varies.
How to make the jam
The jam making process is pretty simple. The cooking time is the longest process.
First, wash, hull and chop strawberries. Cut rhubarb stalks into ½ inch chunks. Add these along with sugar and lemon juice to saucepan.
Cook on medium until the mixture bubbles, then turn down to medium low. You always want a small simmer. Stir occasionally until the jam thickens (about an hour).
Lastly, place jam into mason jars and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Serve over anything that tickles your fancy!
What is rhubarb?
Rhubarb is the fleshy, edible stalks of species and hybrids of Rheum in the family Polygonaceae, which are cooked and used for food. Although Rhubarb is considered a vegetable, it is often put in the culinary uses of fruit.
The stalks are the edible part and are often cooked with sugar and used in pies, crumbles, and other desserts!
Will the jam set without pectin?
Yes, It's all about the pH people!
When making jam and cooking fruits like strawberries with granulated sugar, pectin is released that was trapped inside the fruit cells into the jam mixture. Once the pectin is released and the strands are free, they repel each other and create a negative charge. Without the pectin coming together, the jam will not set.
However, this is where the lemon juice comes into play. It creates an acidic pH which helps neutralize the strands of pectin so they can come together to help the jam "set".
Variations and substitutions
- Make a freezer jam and add the pectin.
- Add a different fruit such as fresh raspberries.
- Add chia seeds to spicy things up!
Sealed in a mason jar it will last a week in the fridge and a month in the freezer.
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
- Large saucepan
- mason jars
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
- 5 cups rhubarb
- 1 pint strawberries
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 1½ tablespoon lemon juice fresh
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
- Wash, hull, and chop strawberries. Cut rhubarb into ½ inch chunks. Put strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, and lemon juice in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once mixture comes to a boil, reduce to medium low heat.
- Continue to cook for about an hour or until the jam has thickened. Stirring only occasionally. Pour jam into mason jars and refrigerate and use within 2 weeks.
- Store in a sealed mason jar in the fridge for up to one week.
Fillings and frostings
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