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Italian Inspired Strawberry Jam

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: preserves
Author: Karon Grieve


  • 1 kilo/2 1/4 lb fresh strawberries
  • 1 kilo/2 1/4 lb jam sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves


  • Wash strawberries just before using so they don't absorb too much water and hull them removing stalks and leaves, half if they are large.
  • Warm the strawberries and sugar in a large heavy based pan over moderate heat to dissolve the sugar.
  • All the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, pepper and orange zest and stir well.
  • Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for approximately 20 minutes or until the setting point has been reached (test with a well chjilled saucer, a spoonful should form a skin and wrinkle when you touch it after a couple of minutes).
  • Toss in the basil and stir well before spooning into jars.
  • Seal jars.
  • You should get 4 jars from this recipe.