Today is one exciting day for me. I made my first jam ever today and i am now just so addicted to it. I was lucky to have found some really fresh, juicy strawberries and after having gorged on a few for a snack, i decided to make something else with it. The first thought – Jam !! With a touch of creativity, here i am with my Rose tinted Strawberry Chia jam
My family loves Jam ! We always have a few varieties of jams stacked away in my refrigerator. We love it over just about anything – breads, bagels, pastries, as a topping in my parfaits, parathas, crackers or even by itself- Just spoons full of it 🙂
I have been wanting to try my hands at jam making for a while now and as some thoughts never take shape, this one had also taken a back seat. I was just being too lazy to make it.. my excuse being -“why bother when you can buy it off the shelf” 😛 Then last week, my strawberry jam got over and i could not find my favorite brand at the store, so i finally decided to give it a go!
My version of jam
Now, to add to the luck, i got a really great deal on strawberries today and i took that as a good sign for Jam making. This is a no pectin jam but works well. For making it merrier, i also added some rose syrup for a flavor infusion and some chia to act like pectin and for adding on the nutritional power of the Jam.
Rose tinted Strawberry Chia Jam
Rose tinted strawberry chia jam
- 2 lbs/ 1 kg strawberries, cut into halves
- 1/2 cup rose syrup (you can also use commercial syrups like Roohafza)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons Chia seeds
- Juice and zest of one lemon
- Place a thick bottomed pan on heat. Add in rose syrup, sugar, lemon juice and zest. Mix till the sugar melts. Add in the halved strawberries.
- Keep cooking on high for abut 10 minutes. The strawberry will start to release the juices and cook.
- Bring a lid on top and keep cooking on medium high for another 10 minutes. Add in the chia seeds and combine.
- The jam is done when it starts to thicken a bit.
- Let the jam cool down completely before refrigerating.
This jam is great over bread, ice creams, parfaits etc. This jam can be stored under refrigeration easily for upto 3 weeks.
Now, that is one delicious jam !
I am so darn glad that i made a big batch of this indulgence… now i get to enjoy this every single day ! The rose flavour compliments the strawberry jam really well and brings out a rich and deep color in the jam. Chia seeds adds a little bite to the jam and since they look like strawberry seeds, it is almost like a play on it and it makes the jam look even more organic. The best part is with this jam, chia finds an interesting way into our daily diet.
Note : When you make the jam, it might look a bit watery but let it cool completely and refrigerate it for at least a few hours before consuming it. Letting the jam rest helps in binding the jam together and enhance its overall texture, color and flavor.
Taking this to Friday Fiesta with Julie and Liz. Happy Cooking !!
Wow this looks so good!
Luscious and so pretty too.
I would say your jam making experience was definitely a success! I love the deep red color of the strawberries!
Thank u ! Your kind words are so encouraging. I now want to try make Marmalade
Gorgeous jam, bet this technique would work with other fruit as well although the chia seeds might be more obvious.
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