Strawberry Lemon Preserves

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Author Notes: I really enjoy strawberry recipes with a hint of tartness, much as you would get from eating a fresh strawberry. When we made preserves last summer, my daughter had the idea to make some with lemon, which we loved.Margy@hidethecheese

Serves about 4 cups

  • 7 cups fresh strawberries
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • zest of 2 lemons (about 2 tablespoons)
  • juice from 2 lemons (about 1/3 of a cup) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. Put a couple of plates in the refrigerator to chill.
  2. Gently mash the strawberries in a wide-mouthed pan with the sugar, leaving some large chunks. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add the lemon juice and zest. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let the preserves simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. Cook the mixture until it thickens. The time will vary depending on your pot and the juciness of your strawberries, but count on at least 20 minutes, and probably more like 40. Skim off the foam.
  4. To test the preserves to see if they have thickened, put a teaspoon of jam on one of the chilled plates and return it to the refrigerator. After a minute, remove it and tilt the plate. Most of the preserves should remain in the center of the plate, while some of it -- especially the more liquid portion -- will slowly spread out towards the edge of the plate. When the preserves have firmed up to this point, pour them into jars for storage.

Tags: preserves, simple, Spring, Summer

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almost 4 years ago SallyCan

Similar to a jam I make too, with half as much lemon juice and much more zest, more of a marmalade. Yours sounds light and fresh; I look forware to trying it before the season's strawberries are up.

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almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

I just put up some strawberries and I really like the lemon. I use it on brown rice flour waffles.

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almost 4 years ago Margy@hidethecheese

hmmmm, the waffles sound interesting.

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almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

I love that lemony zing with strawberries! And I like your tall skinny jam jars and awfully cute label, too!

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almost 4 years ago Margy@hidethecheese

Thank you, Mrs. L!

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almost 4 years ago cheese1227

Did not post my recipe as it's very, very close to yours!

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almost 4 years ago Margy@hidethecheese

such a simple recipe that I can see how that would happen. Great minds -- or maybe it's tart minds -- think alike?

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almost 4 years ago cheese1227

And kid-produced lables are the best!

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almost 4 years ago cheese1227

This is very similiar to the simple strawberry jam I like to make! Love it on toast in the AM!

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almost 4 years ago Margy@hidethecheese

Or scones, or pancakes, or a peanut butter sandwich. Did you post your recipe? I'm going to look for it now. And I totally agree about the labels. They just make me smile.