What to do with two gallons of strawberries?
This is a redux recipe from last year
. I've been looking forward to making this strawberry jam again because there is nothing quite like fresh, ripe strawberries fresh off the vine. This version of jam uses two kinds of sugar with the addition of a few whole black peppercorns for an extra kick. No special canning required as this jam doesn't last very long in the refrigerator due to it's popularity.
Strawberry Jam with Chiles
adapted from Food52
yield: 2 to 2 1/2 cups
2 pounds sweet, ripe strawberries, hulled and halved (or quartered if large)
2 New Mexico chiles (or more) to taste
4 whole black peppercorns, optional
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup raw (demerara) sugar
Juice of 1/4 lemon
Place the strawberries in a heavy, medium-size pot. Remove the stems and seeds from the chiles (no soaking is required) and discard. Roughly chop the remaining dried chile flesh, and add it to the strawberries. Add the sugars and black peppercorns (if using).
Set the pot over medium heat and bring to a boil -- as the fruit begins to juice, the sugar will melt. Reduce the heat to a steady simmer and cook for about 1 hour. Gently stir every 10 minutes. Taste it every now and then to make sure there's enough chile heat and flavor.
As the jam cooks, use a spoon to lift off any scum that rises to the surface. The jam is ready when the strawberries are shrunken and lightly candied, and the syrup has slightly thickened. Stir in the lemon juice and remove the pot from the heat.
Serve on toast, scones, ice cream, cakes or biscuits. Refrigerate any leftover jam. Smile...you just made jam.