Quick Strawberry Jam with Basil (GF)

If you google ‘Strawberry Jam’ recipes you will get 4,390,000 results so I figured you really don’t need another one.  But with basil you say??  Yes, basil!  And it’s fantastic.  You know I love to change things up and really, what’s the point in writing a food blog if you’re going to do what everyone else has done over 4 million times.   Trust me (I really do say that a lot, don’t I? Do you trust me yet? ha!).  This will go so nicely with your cup of tea and scone or croissant.

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You can treat yourself because this has no refined sugar.  This yummy jam contains only 4 ingredients – strawberries, honey, basil and a bit of lemon.  Strawberries have so much natural sweetness that we don’t need the sugar.

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Did you know that one serving of strawberries contains half of your daily requirement of Vitamin C?  This vitamin is a well known immunity builder as well as a powerful, fast working antioxidant.  They also promote eye health, work as a prevention to cancer and help stave off those wrinkles.  I use frozen strawberries in my protein shake every morning and if I miss a few days, I really notice the difference.

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These fresh picked strawberries are from Barrie Hill Farms.  They have a fall strawberry and raspberry crop that lasts until the end of September.  Love it!

Are you a strawberry jam lover and do you make your own?  I’d love to hear about your recipes and see some pics.  Debbie recently sent in a great pic of her Blueberry Maple Bread Pudding and she added peaches to it!  How fabulous – check it out!

Hope your upcoming weekend is fun, everyone.  Cheers!

PS.  If you’re not a fan of basil, simply leave it out 🙂

 

Quick Strawberry Jam with Basil
Author: Robyn
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 quart strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 1/4 cup of honey (raw if you have it)
  • 1/4 cup of basil, chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place strawberries and basil in your food processor and process until strawberries are coarsely chopped. Don’t overdo it! You don’t want mushy jam.
  2. Place contents in large saucepan on medium-high heat and add honey and lemon juice, stirring well.
  3. Cook for 8-10 minutes at a low boil. Remove from heat and transfer to a heat proof jar and let cool at room temperature before sealing and storing in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks or freeze it until use.

 

18 Comments

  • Reply
    Debbie Harris
    August 20, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    OH OH OH! Look at you! Strawberries and basil are two of my favorites! I would have never thought to add basil to my jam, only you dear Robyn.
    I love jam and I make some every year, especially raspberry from the raspberry bushes we have and the wild berries that grow next to the creek beside our home. In fact, when I had my grandsons here these past few weeks we made orange marmalade and raspberry jam. I just found out that my 9 year old grandson loves marmalade, is that too cute. 🙂 Marmalade is not a favorite of many.
    I will be trying your jam since it is “healthy” and I need that.

    Thank you for mentioning the bread pudding I made with peaches. You are too sweet!

    I trust you have been having a beautiful week, Robyn.
    Enjoy your weekend ahead. 🙂

    Blessings ~ Debbie

    • Reply
      Robyn
      August 21, 2015 at 6:43 am

      LOL, I’m so thrilled to wake up this morning and discover that people like this combination, Debbie!
      How cool that you have so many berries right at your fingertips. I’ve made so many berry recipes this summer but I think that’s ok but it’s one food that is universally popular.
      I’ve read so many comments about people being reminded of picking berries with their grandparents and I love that you’re creating those same memories for your grandkids!
      I just tried marmalade for the first time a couple years ago and I loved it, lol. It’s cute that your little one likes it 🙂
      I love that you made that bread pudding and I love the photos too, my friend.

      The week has been busy but wonderful. Hope yours has, too
      Thanks for visiting, sweet friend!
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    Susan
    August 20, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Excellent! So easy!

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    cheri
    August 20, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Hi Robyn, the color of your jam is so bright and wonderful. Amazing that your favorite farm has strawberries till the end of September, almost makes me want to drive there, ha ha! strawberries and basil are wonderful. I have had a salad at a restaurant before with that combo that I loved.
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      Robyn
      August 21, 2015 at 6:47 am

      Thanks so much, Cheri. These are a different type of strawberries called ‘day strawberries’ and although they are not quite as sweet, they are delicious and I love that we can get them so late in the year. Barrie Hill Farms is known all through Ontario and people come from all over to pick but I think Oregon would be quite a drive, haha!
      Glad you like the combo 🙂
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    Mindy
    August 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Your jam looks such a lovely shade of red – the recipe just enhanced the color and I can only imagine the fresh flavor. I have never used basil in a jam before. You are so fancy and inventive : ) We are still picking berries but unfortunately I killed the remainder of the basil due to lack of water. (It was hiding somewhat by the cherry tomato and with this heat the tomato got the most of the water and the basil is no more…)
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      Robyn
      August 21, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Awhh, thanks, Mindy! It never would have occurred to me to do it if I didn’t have that giant basil plant, lol. Sorry to hear about your basil but at least the tomatoes made it. You guys sure have been hit by the heat! I’m off to see your latest post. I’m so intrigued by the title 🙂
      Have a great weekend!

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    Stephanie
    August 20, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Why of course I trust you, my friend 🙂 I am intrigued and would love to try this. I see my mom said she is going to make some so I’ll just get her to give me a jar…hehehe 🙂

    Hugs to you, lovely lady!

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      Robyn
      August 21, 2015 at 6:53 am

      LOL, Sounds like a good idea, Stephanie. And you will have to make her some salmon next time you cook it! I’m so excited that people like this crazy combo, lol.
      Have a wonderful weekend, sweet friend. xoxo

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    Sarah Grace
    August 20, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I LOVE making fresh jam! I usually do it with chia seeds and stevia/honey. But I’m jealous of the farms! I just buy my fruit in stores 🙁

    xo,
    Sarah Grace
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      Robyn
      August 21, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Ohhh, I wish I had thought to put chia seeds in there, Sarah. With your permission, I’ll add it as a suggestion in the recipe. I’m making the most of it while I can, Sarah, because living in Canada, I won’t get this beautiful fruit for long!
      Thanks for the visit 🙂

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    Anita Rivera
    August 21, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Good morning Robyn! The wild mornings are beginning…..off to school I go, but I am going with a smile on my face, visiting you here. You combine the most wonderful and surprising ingredients! Thank you for this late summer idea, as our weather is now cooling off and the “fun” (not…) begins of stress, meetings, planning, performing…..oh dear, I need to focus on what I love about what I do!

    MUCH LOVE my friend!

    • Reply
      Robyn
      August 21, 2015 at 6:57 am

      Oh my, I’m with you, Anita. I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer! It’s not cool here – horribly humid actually but it’s better than -40, lol.
      Take a deep breath, friend, and dive in 🙂
      Love to you, xoxo

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    Marla
    August 21, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Hi Robyn,
    Strawberries with basil – what a wonderful idea and great way to add a unique flavor. This looks so tasty and easy to make. What a great way to enjoy strawberries throughout the winter. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.
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    Linda
    August 21, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Lovely strawberry jam, one of my favorites. It’s amazing how different flavors blend so perfectly. Have a wonderful weekend with your Man! thanks so much for the pics regarding the barnboard.. Your pictures are awesome my friend. lots of love from W.W. xo
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    Derek
    August 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    This looks fantastic! Great combo of ingredients too! 🙂
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