There’s nothing quite as sweet as a jar of homemade jam. But for many of us, it’s just too expensive to buy all the right gear to make jam at home. Until now. If you only want to make a small batch of jam for your family, why not try making jam in your microwave? It’s lots of fun and will save you lots of money. This simple money saving recipe takes just 30 minutes to complete, and you won’t have to spend money on unnecessary equipment. You might even have most of these ingredients at home already.
You will need:
- 1 cup crushed strawberries
- 1 cup of rhubarb, chopped into small cubes
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 2 tablespoons of powdered pectin
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Top Tip: If you don’t like rhubarb, you can substitute it for extra strawberries or another berry that is on sale at your local grocery store. A simple way to save money.
How to make it:
- First of all, make sure you have washed out some old jam jars – this will save you buying new ones, which means you’ll already save money before you’ve even started cooking.
- Using a microwave safe bowl, add the water and rhubarb. Cover the bowl with plastic, leaving a small gap for steam. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for 2 minutes. Drain off excess liquid.
- Next, add the strawberries and lemon juice.
- Then add the pectin and stir until it is fully dissolved.
- Next, add the sugar, stirring until dissolved into the mixture.
- Place the bowl back in the microwave, this time without plastic wrap. Cook on high for 2 minutes. Remove and stir. Cook on high for another 2 minutes. Remove and stir. Repeat this process in 1-minute timeframes for between 2 and 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken and resemble a jam. Whilst going through this process, make sure you are continually testing for the setting point of the jam.
- Once the jam has reached the setting point, you can remove it from the microwave and stir lightly for about 3 minutes.
- Spoon the mixture into the jars you prepared earlier. Ensure the lid is sealed tightly. Store the jam in the fridge for a maximum of 3 weeks.