You know it's spring with the arrival of the first strawberries at the market. We love to make strawberry jam using the Gariguette variety. Gariguette strawberries are a French favorite. They are bright red and so fragrant that they perfume the market with the most heavenly scent. We've dubbed them "angel kisses" for that very reason. The atelier kitchen smells like heaven! We make our jam in a vintage copper preserving pan that we picked up at a local brocante. The strawberries are even sweeter when they are picked by little hands straight from our very own garden.
Gariguette Strawberry Confiture
Makes about 8 cups
2 1/2 pounds Gariguette strawberries, or 2 1/4 pounds net
2 cups granulated sugar
juice of 1 small lemon
Rinse the strawberries in cold water. Dry them in a towel and remove their stems. Place the strawberries in a ceramic bowl and cover with the sugar and the juice of one lemon. Let the strawberries macerate overnight in the refrigerator, covered with a sheet of parchment paper.
Next day, bring this preparation to a simmer in a preserving pan. Pour it into a ceramic bowl. Cover with a sheet of parchment paper and refrigerate overnight.
On the third day, pour this preparation into a sieve. Bring the collected syrup to a boil in a preserving pan, skim, and continue cooking on high heat. The syrup will be sufficiently concentrated at 221 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Add the partially cooked strawberries and return to a boil over high heat. Skim and return to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring gently. Check the set. The strawberries will be translucent, like preserves. Put the jam into jars immediately and seal.