Strawberry Fridge Jam – My Family Ties

Strawberry Jam With Only Three Ingredients


Chia seeds in a pretty little blue mini tagine.



When my new Latest In Beauty box came though the post I was intrigued to see a packet of chia seeds inside.

These little seeds are high in omega-3 fats, and fibre and in every 100g of chia seeds it will provide you with 20.7 g of protein. The beauty of the chia seeds in this jam is that there is no need for any pectin to thicken the jam, they absorb the liquid and swell giving the jam just the thickness you need for a perfect jam. Also they mimic the look of the strawberry seeds so it gives the illusion of an extra fruity jam.

You can buy the chia seeds from most health food shops.

Chia seeds in a pretty little blue mini tagine.

Having been on a really fun family outing strawberry picking, we had plenty of strawberry’s to make a quick and easy fridge jam.  I have lots of happy memories in the kitchen with my granny, making lots of different jams, in my mind it was such a grown up thing to do.  I have never tried to make it, as I always thought It just would fall short of my granny’s wonderful tasty jams.  But I didn’t want them to sit in the cupboard, unused.

A jar of home-made strawberry fridge jam made with chia seeds.

I used honey as it pairs really well with the strawberries, but you could try stevia, agave or coconut palm oil instead for a variation on taste and sweetness.

Being such a simple recipe this is perfect to make with your children, my two girls loved to help with this and because it is so quick and easy, they don’t loose interest as the jam is pretty much made within about 30 minutes. Ready for them to transfer into a jam pot and put on a cheerful label, and then to choose what to eat it with.

Ingredients

You only need three!

1. Strawberries   12 cups, stalks off, washed and halved.
2. Honey              3-5 tablespoons of honey to taste.
3. Chia seeds     1/4 cup chia seeds.

Instructions


  1. Put the strawberries into a pan and add 30 ml of water.
  2. Add the honey.
  3. Simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat, check for sweetness, add more honey if needed and add the chia seeds.
  5. Stir in the chia seeds.

Once you have stirred the seeds, they will begin to absorb the juices of the strawberries right away, so don’t worry that the mixture seems too thin.  By reducing the strawberries and honey down gently it will still have quite a liquid consistency, but the chia seeds will thicken the jam to the perfect consistency.

A jar of home-made strawberry fridge jam made with chia seeds.

Add the mixture to your jam jar and keep in the fridge , it will thicken some more overnight as the chia seeds swell and absorb more of the jam liquid.  The jam will keep in the fridge for about two weeks, in an air tight jar, we just recycled an old jam jar and decorated it with a sticky label, my daughter loved this bit.  You could make a batch of this jam and freeze it in the jar, and it would keep for 12 months.

You could use my strawberry fridge jam in a Bakewell Tart see here for my recipe.
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25 Comments

    • July 22, 2014 / 3:14 pm

      Thank you so much, it was quick and a lot of fun to make ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • July 23, 2014 / 11:25 am

      Thank you Catriona, it is so easy to make and is really tasty!

  1. July 24, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    Beautiful recipe, easy and I love jam! I have never had chia seeds. Very interesting!

    • July 25, 2014 / 9:19 pm

      Thank you Alida, it is really delicious and so easy to make ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. July 24, 2014 / 4:44 pm

    Wow wow wow I never realised it would be so easy to make – we have strawberries growing in the garden and am going to give this a go – do supetmarkets sell chia seeds?

  3. July 25, 2014 / 6:00 pm

    I love how straight forward this recipe is. I'm planning on taking my children strawberry picking in the holidays so I'll have to try out your recipe. It looks lovely.

    • July 25, 2014 / 9:26 pm

      Thank you Julie. It was a real treat to make it as it was so much fun and it was so quick! I would love to hear how you get on, do tweet/fb me some pictures if you make some x

  4. July 26, 2014 / 8:37 am

    A lovely, easy recipe. I have chia seeds at home, too. I will give it a go when we have strawberries.

    • July 26, 2014 / 10:48 am

      Thank you it was s much fun! Let me know how you get on I would love to see some pictures xx

  5. July 26, 2014 / 9:19 pm

    This looks fantastic!! And that picture by the way, is stunning!
    I've never thought of making jam with honey instead of tones of sugar! – love it!

    • August 2, 2014 / 3:57 pm

      Thank you so much, I really enjoyed making this recipe xx

  6. July 29, 2014 / 2:43 pm

    I just have to say…. this look amazing!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing at the NEW #PinFest!

    • August 2, 2014 / 3:56 pm

      Thanks so much Chelsea, it was a lot of fun! xx

  7. July 31, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    I love it!! I would never have thought of putting chia seeds in jam but it makes perfect sense! Brilliant and one for my Pinterest board of recipes to try! Thanks.

    • August 2, 2014 / 3:55 pm

      Thanks so much Vicki – let me know how you get on xx

  8. August 1, 2014 / 11:09 pm

    G'Day from Oz! I just wanted to let you know I am featuring you at my blog this week as one of my Friday Favorites.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    • August 2, 2014 / 3:55 pm

      Thank you so much Natasha! Love to link up with you, there are so many great blogs to read, have a great weekend xx

  9. August 6, 2014 / 2:59 am

    What a fab recipe, so simple! I've never attempted jam thinking it would be tricky and time consuming, this is brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚ #Pintorials

  10. August 11, 2014 / 4:52 am

    I have Chia seeds in the cupboard. What a great new way of using them. Fab.

  11. October 6, 2014 / 9:56 am

    What a great idea – and a great way of making jam better for you

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