Berries may not officially be in season yet in Australia, but there’s always time to prepare with lots of wishful thinking for all the berries that will be available in summer, right? Besides, homemade jam is a great way to still have something sweet to slather on your toast without worrying about the sugar intake, especially when you know how it has been made and exactly what’s in it.
If you’re thinking about how tedious the jam-making process is, fret not. There’s no need for pots, stovetops or sugar – just a bit of enthusiasm!
Take this quick and easy variation of the jam recipe with our strawberry and chia jam.
2 cups of fresh strawberries (or if you’re not keen on raspberries, all other berries are welcome!)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 tablespoons of orange juice (freshly squeezed is an option)
1 tablespoon of honey or syrup to taste
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt to taste
Wash and drain the berries into a bowl, then mash with a fork until it reaches the consistency that you’re after. Stir in the orange juice, syrup, vanilla and chia seeds.
Let it sit in the fridge for 20-30 minutes or until the jam has completely thickened before moving to an airtight jar.
It’ll last for up to two weeks!