Bestemor’s Amazingly Healthy Strawberry Jam

I am in Norway visiting my grandma, and as usual she has stocked up on several jars of strawberry and blueberry jams.  This is always wise, as we love this jam and eat more than our share on bread while we are here.  I asked grandma to show us how she makes this jam.  It is super easy, wonderful, and healthy.  She sweetens the jam using dates, but you would never be able to tell.

 

Ingredients:

500 g (1 pound) of frozen strawberries

4-5 large dates (soft)

1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

1/4 teaspoon agar agar

 

Instructions:

Let the strawberries thaw slightly until there is enough liquid to blend dates.  Use the thawed strawberry liquid to blend dates in blender for a minute or so.  Add all ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  (Be sure to add the agar agar while liquid is cold.)  Reduce heat, simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Jam is now ready to be put in glass jars.  Let it cool completely before using as the consistency will be runny while warm.  When cool, store in the fridge.

Note:  Grandma keeps frozen strawberries and blueberries in her freezer and makes up this jam as needed.  It is super easy and so delicious.

Note:  If making blueberry jam, follow the same recipe.  Add a few drops of vanilla extract for flavor.

 

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