STRAWBERRY CHIA JAM

A jam made in under 10 minutes, from real ingredients and thickened with chia seeds instead of lots of sugar. Delicious!

Ingredients for  STRAWBERRY CHIA JAM


Yield: Around 1 cup

Strawberries

2 cups

Maple Syrup or Honey

2-3 tablespoons (optional)

Lemon Juice

1 tablespoon

White Chia Seeds

2 tablespoons

METHOD:
1.  Clean jar/s and equipment by washing in hot soapy water and rinsing well before use.
2.  Wash, hull and finely dice strawberries. Measure fruit into a small pan along with a splash of water to prevent scorching. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil then simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until fruit is very soft, stirring every now and then. Mash for a rustic jam (or puree for a smooth jam consistency). Strain part (or all) of the mixture through a fine sieve to discard strawberry seeds, if desired.
3.  Add maple syrup (or honey) to taste and lemon juice. Stir well.
4.  Sprinkle chia seeds on top and stir well. Set aside for 5 minutes to thicken slightly.
5.  Pour into a clean jar for storage or into individual dishes.
6.  Refrigerate until set.
7.  Serve.
TIP: we add a few tablespoons of strawberry chia jam into a 1-cup capacity dish (with a lid), top with homemade coconut yoghurt and sprinkle with granola, fresh fruit or nuts before serving. The sealed containers of yoghurt and jam will keep for a few days in the refrigerator.
8.  Store jars of strawberry chia jam in the refrigerator and consume within 7 days (or freeze for up to 3 months).

Author: Megan Radaich          
Image credit: Megan Radaich          
Publication: www.foodpreserving.org

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