Microwave strawberry jam

Prep 15 mins | Cook 40 mins | Serves 2 cups

750g strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
2 cups caster sugar
13 cup lemon juice

Step 1 Combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a large heatproof bowl. Stir until strawberries are well coated with sugar mixture.

Step 2 Microwave, uncovered, for 7 minutes on high power. Stir with a wooden spoon. Brush sides of bowl with a wet brush to remove sugar crystals. Microwave for 30–35 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until jam reaches setting point*. Spoon hot jam into a 500ml sterilized jar. Cover with lid. Seal tightly when cold.

* To check if jam is at setting point, place 1 teaspoon jam onto a chilled saucer. Freeze for 1–2 minutes. Run your finger through jam, if the surface wrinkles and jam stays in 2 portions it’s ready to spoon into jar. If not, cook for another 1–5 minutes until jam reaches setting point.

Good for you ... Strawberries

A good source of vitamin C which contributes to formation of collagen and thus plays a role in healthy gums, teeth, bones, cartilage and skin.

A source of folate, a B vitamin needed for normal blood formation.

Provide dietary fibre, which is important for the normal functioning of the intestine.

Also contain lutein, one of the carotenoid family that is involved in normal eye health.