Strawberry and elderflower jam

Erdbeer-Holunderblüten-Marmelade

Breakfast | Summer | Vegan

Diese Erdbeermarmelade bringt den Sommer direkt zu euch nach Hause!

There are moments in life that are always remembered with pleasure
and they evoke a feeling of joy and well-being!
One of these moments is clearly the annual trip to the strawberry field for me to pick strawberries with my family.
Everyone of you who has not done something like this should definitely do it and will not regret it for a second!

Forget the strawberries you can find in the supermarket, because these are often imported from Spain and have no real taste. The really fresh strawberries here from the field taste much more intense. I don't want to speak of myself free of guilt, because I too often reach into the vegetable shelf in April / May.
But the disillusionment usually comes already at home when the strawberries go into my bowl full of yoghurt together with other fruits!

The watery and acidity taste is unfortunately the bitter reality that hits me so often.
But like the last 25 years, this year I'm back on the strawberry field and pick and pick and pick
until the bowls are full to the brim with strawberries!
This smell and taste of the strawberries is unsurpassed and always puts a smile on the face of the whole family!

The agony of choice

Of course, we stood in the kitchen with like 10 kg of strawberries and think about what we can do with all of them.

Like every year we try dozens of new recipes or create crazy things from the strawberries
for example a strawberry-vanilla vinegar or pularden breast with strawberry-asparagus salsa!

This year we decided on a classic strawberry recipe from our collection.
Thanks to the long shelf life of jam, we have strawberry jam all year round.
Angie has already given away 6 glasses this year and yet we still have…. 3 or 4 of them are here :)

Elderflower - Little heroes with a big impact!

In order to give our classic jam that certain "touch", we decided to use elderflower again this year.

Elder flowers have this wonderful floral note and give the jam this wonderful aroma all year round.
You don't even need many of the flowers for your jam and they are not difficult to get either.
We have been getting our elderflowers from neighbors or acquaintances for years

but they didn't know what treasures they have in their gardens.

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time2 hrsCook Time20 minsTotal Time2 hrs 20 mins

 1 kg strawberries
 400 g sugar
 1 vanilla pod
 ½ lemon
 2 Umbels of elderflower

1

Wash the strawberries, remove the stalk and cut into quarters.

2

Put the strawberries in a bowl with the juice of half a lemon, the sugar and the seeds of a vanilla pod and mix well.

3

Cover everything with a cloth or foil and leave to marinate for 2 hours.

4

After marinating, put the strawberries together with the elderflower in a saucepan, put it on a low flame and let everything simmer for about 10 minutes.

5

Remove the elderflower and let the jam simmer for another 10-15 minutes over low heat.

6

For the perfect consistency, do a gelation test after approx. 20 minutes:

Put some of your hot jam on a cold plate, wait 10 seconds and when the jam starts to gel, then it is ready! If this is not the case yet, let everything simmer together a little bit longer.

7

Now immediately pour the jam into the prepared jars, close them tightly with the lid and turn them upside down.

Ingredients

 1 kg strawberries
 400 g sugar
 1 vanilla pod
 ½ lemon
 2 Umbels of elderflower

Directions

1

Wash the strawberries, remove the stalk and cut into quarters.

2

Put the strawberries in a bowl with the juice of half a lemon, the sugar and the seeds of a vanilla pod and mix well.

3

Cover everything with a cloth or foil and leave to marinate for 2 hours.

4

After marinating, put the strawberries together with the elderflower in a saucepan, put it on a low flame and let everything simmer for about 10 minutes.

5

Remove the elderflower and let the jam simmer for another 10-15 minutes over low heat.

6

For the perfect consistency, do a gelation test after approx. 20 minutes:

Put some of your hot jam on a cold plate, wait 10 seconds and when the jam starts to gel, then it is ready! If this is not the case yet, let everything simmer together a little bit longer.

7

Now immediately pour the jam into the prepared jars, close them tightly with the lid and turn them upside down.

Erdbeer-Holunderblüten-Marmelade

Nice to know - elderflower

Unfortunately, you can only get the elderflower as long as it has not yet started to lose the flowers
and to form the actual fruit, the elderberry.

Usually you have about a month to “harvest” the flowers from May to June, depending on the weather and temperatures.

The taste of the elderflower comes from the pollen, which are located in tiny yellow spots in the flowers.
It's best to go to the park after a late breakfast or to meet acquaintances and friends
and cut off these wonderful umbels.
Make sure to transport the umbels home as carefully as possible.

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