A wonderful recipe for homemade spicy strawberry jam that’s perfect for appetizers or served with cheese.
Well, I can relax now. Two weeks of crazy travel have come and gone and I can finally kick my feet up for awhile. Wondering where I’ve been?
It started with my visit to NYC to tour an assortment of test kitchens, followed immediately by a trip to California where I stayed with my good friend Chung-Ah from Damn Delicious, attended Camp Blogaway, and got to meet one of my favorite bloggers, Jackie from The Beeroness.
Next I had three days to recover at home before driving to Philadelphia with Sherron from Simply Gourmet where we attended the always amazing Eat Write Retreat.
I then turned around and flew directly back to California to spend time at Carmel Valley Ranch with California Strawberries and many more wonderful bloggers. Stay tuned for a recap of my California Strawberries farm and culinary tour!
I had such an amazing time traveling but I have to say I am no jet setter. By the end of the journey I was trying so hard to take in all of the wonderful sights but I was struggling to keep my eyes open.
It has taken a few days to recover but now I feel rested and excited to be back in the kitchen. Yesterday I made a spicy strawberry jam inspired by two of the stops on my journey.
At Eat Write Retreat, Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars did a skillet jam demo where she made a flavorful strawberry vanilla jam for us to try. I realized I hadn’t made jam in awhile and was eager to make some as soon as I got home.
While staying at Carmel Valley Ranch, the chef prepared us a crostini with goat cheese and spicy macerated strawberries that was insanely good. These two stand out moments were combined to make one tasty jam. I think you’ll like it.
Feel free to play around with the spice level. I like a good amount of heat but not so much that it makes my eyes water. I found that 2 serrano peppers with the seeds worked perfectly.
You can cut back on the spice by omitting seeds from one or both of the peppers. You can also substitute jalapeño peppers, which are slightly milder.
I prefer serranos because I think they have a more consistent heat level. On the other hand, I’ve had some jalapeños that were very hot while others have tasted like green bell peppers.
Spicy Strawberry Jam
- 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
- 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 serrano peppers (jalapeño peppers can be substituted)
- juice from 1 small lemon (approximately 2 tablespoons)
- Place strawberries and sugar in a large skillet with the heat turned off. Stir well and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.This will allow some of the liquid to release from the berries.
- While the strawberries are macerating, dice the peppers finely. If you want less heat, scrape out the seeds before dicing. I left the seeds from both serrano peppers and found the heat level to be pleasant and not overly intense. Stir the peppers and seeds, if using, into the strawberries and sugar. Add the lemon juice.
- Turn the heat to medium and allow the mixture to come to a simmer, stirring frequently. The skillet will slowly fill with more liquid as it releases from the strawberries. Continue stirring the jam as it simmers until most of the liquid has evaporated or thickened up. This may take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. Keep in mind that the jam will continue to thicken once it cools.
- Once the jam is thick, remove it from the heat. Can, freeze or store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Please read my full post for additional recipe notes, tips, and serving suggestions!
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Averie @ Averie Cooks says
Girl I am exhausted just reading about your travel schedule and all you did in the last few weeks. I can’t even imagine it! WOW! I loved meeting both Chung-Ah and Jackie about 6 weeks ago at Big Potluck. And one day we’ll meet. Glad to be doing this giveaway with you :)
Jennifer Farley says
Both times I was in California I felt bummed that I couldn’t meet you while I was out there. Someday!
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
Glad you’re finally home! I hope you get to relax for the next couple of weeks.
And I’m loving this jam! I have like 10 lb of strawberries in the fridge right now (there was a huge sale at the korean market) so I can definitely spare some strawberries for this!
Sabrina W. says
Paula @ Vintage Kitchen says
Love the spicy touch in this jam Jen! I´ve added many things to jams, but never chiles.
Hope you get to relax now that you are finally home! You sure did a who lot of traveling!
I am loving this jam!! Strawberries are my favorite, but I love the spicy kick! What a fun twist!
I LOVE the idea of spicy strawberry jam. Every summer as a kid, my parents would take me to pick strawberries. They were my favorite fruit forever…then I became allergic to them at the age of 25. The worst day of my life, but at least I have those memories! :)
I love spicy jams like this! I always have a variety of jars in the pantry, but never made my own…I can’t wait to try this. I’ve got a lot of strawberries in the fridge right now! And…What a fantastic giveaway! I entered!
This jam looks good enough to eat by the spoonful!
Welcome home!! :)
Deborah Blackstone says
I hardly ever use jam out of the normal text, toast etc. However, based the ease of how this recipe reads, I see new uses in my future. Thank you for giving me inspiration to try something new and different.
Alyssa (Everyday Maven) says
That is a lot of travel! But, all amazing places for sure. Are you coming to IFBC this Sept.?
Jennifer Farley says
I am! See you there?
My mouth is puckering just thinking about this. I love it! I’ve done spicy strawberry BBQ sauce before, but never a jam. Very nice!
I was ever so jealous of your postings while you were gone ;-) Spicy jam? Over goat or cream cheese that would be great!
This spicy strawberry jam looks yummy!
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Love the spice in your jam! Thanks for the macaron link love :).
Marie @ Little Kitchie says
Welcome home after what sounds like an exhausting but wonderful time!! This spicy strawberry jam looks delicious!!