This is the lazy person’s constraint for ‘too many strawberries recipe’.
If you are like me, your eyes are bigger than your stomach. This was the case when I arrived home from the farmers market with an entire flat of strawberries for two people. I couldn’t help myself! The strawberries in northern California this year are amazing. We got a lot of rain that we haven’t had in years and it made the strawberries perfect and sweet! Plus, the farmer put them strategically in front with samples. I was a sure customer.
I had to get cracking on a ‘too many strawberries recipe’
So, what I did is what every person in my position does. I called my Mom. She gave me this recipe a while ago and I hadn’t tried it yet, so this was the perfect time. It’s the too many strawberries recipe! It also works for any fruit, so feel free to use it for blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches or whatever you have too much of.
I’ve always hated making jam. I don’t know why, but it’s so messy and you have to use a candy thermometer and I always get sticky jam all over myself. Maybe I’m not drinking enough wine during jam making so I don’t find it enjoyable – LOL! Anyway, I thought I’ve give this one a shot.
If you have too many strawberries, a microwave and 10 minutes, you will have jam
Honestly, if I read this recipe, I would not have believed it. But since it came from my Mom (aka: trustworthy source), I was compelled to get into the test kitchen and whip up some jam. Amazingly, it’s the simplest jam you will ever make. I think I’m going to get some other fruits next week and do it again! I’ve incorporated some tips and tricks in the directions below to help you, but you can make this in the amount of time it takes to open a bottle of wine. I hope you try it with your favorite fruit!
- 2 cups of fruit
- 1/3 cup sugar
- Step 1 Mash 2 cups of fruit with 1/3 cup sugar in a microwavable bowl. Be sure to mash the fruit well because it does cook down, but will not break all the way apart.
- Step 2 Microwave uncovered on high for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
- Step 3 Transfer to container that you plan to keep it in and let cool.