The phrase "Jam without boiling berries" may seem as absurd as "crab meat without crab". But there is no contradiction here. You will have to cook, but not the berries themselves, but the syrup with which they are poured. Thanks to this fragrant preparation, which has preserved many vitamins, you can easily prepare a strawberry cake for the New Year.
IMPORTANT. In a similar way, you can make jam from currants, apricots and other fruits and berries.
- 1 kg of strawberries;
- 1 kg of sugar;
- 2 grams of citric acid;
- 200 g of water.
Prepare the syrup. Add sugar to a saucepan and add water.
While the sugar is dissolving, tackle the strawberries. Remove the stalks with a knife. Cut the larger berries in half; small berries do not need to be cut. Place the prepared berries in a bowl of heat-resistant material.
Bring the syrup to a boil, add citric acid and cook for 13-15 minutes. Stir to keep the sugar from burning. The finished syrup will be similar in color to honey.
Place the bowl of strawberries on a hot plate or place in a larger plastic container. Pour the boiling syrup over the berries. It will gurgle right in the bowl for a while.
Let the berries sit for 15-20 minutes. Under the influence of the hot berry, juice will be released, and the syrup will turn bright red.
During this time, prepare the jars and lids. Pour about 50 mg of water into half-liter jars and place in the microwave on high power for about 10 minutes.
Boil the lids in a saucepan for 2-3 minutes, then put them on a clean dry towel and let dry without wiping.
Drain the syrup through a colander into the same saucepan where it was cooked. At the same time, try not to touch the berries with your hands and a spoon.
Scrape off the grounds that have formed on the sides of the bowl with a spoon and put in a saucepan. Boil for 10 minutes. The bowl does not need to be washed.
Pour the boiling syrup over the berries again as you did the first time. Let stand for about 20 minutes.
Remove sterilized jars from the microwave and place them upside down on a clean, dry towel.
And again, pour the syrup into the saucepan. Now it needs to be boiled for only 5 minutes.
In the meantime, arrange the strawberries into the jars, no more than half full each. The ratio of berries to syrup in a jar may vary.
Remove the foam from the finished syrup. Pour it over the jars to the brim and screw them on with the lids.
Place the cans upside down and wait for them to cool and the lids to retract.
Enjoy tea drinking on winter evenings with summer berries!
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