American

Strawberry and Basil Jam

April  9, 2019
Author Notes

Strawberries and basil make one of summer’s finest pairings. Stir this jam into yogurt or oatmeal, use on toast, or eat with your favorite pastry.
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This recipe was originally created by Sophie Nau, with regenerative farmer Acadia Tucker. You can find this and 33 other perennial food recipes in Acadia Tucker's new book, Growing Perennial Foods: A field guide to raising resilient herbs, fruits & vegetables (Stone Pier Press). The book is on sale now. Acadia Tucker is also the author of Growing Good Food: A citizen's guide to backyard carbon farming. —Acadia Tucker

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Makes 1 16 oz. jar
Ingredients
  • 4 cups strawberries
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped basil
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Place strawberries, sugar, salt, lemon juice, and zests in a medium-size pot. Toss to coat strawberries, then cook over medium heat.
  2. Stir frequently to prevent scorching while strawberries cook down and thicken, about 15–20 minutes.
  3. As the jam reaches desired thickness, add chopped basil. Cook for a few more minutes, then remove from heat.
  4. Let cool before pouring into sterilized jam jars.

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