If you think you can't make jam, you are wrong. It could not be simpler. And you can make very small amounts in no time at all.
Slice some strawberries. I like big chunks so I quarter them. Dice them smaller if you like more of a puree. Put them in a heavy pot.
Sprinkle in the zest of one lemon.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar over the berries. I used about a quart of berries.
Place the pot over a low heat and cover.
Stir occasionally and be careful to not let it boil over. Once it reaches the above stage, let it simmer for a while until it begins to thicken. It will thicken more as it cools. Ladle it into jars and seal tight with the lid. Sometimes these seal themselves. I make this in small quantities so I never bother to "put it up". This keeps for weeks in the refrigerator.
I made blackberry jam too.
Add lime zest to the blackberries.
I still only use 1/4 cup of sugar to a quart of blackberries and it is plenty sweet enough.
This is what happens when you don't pay attention and let it boil over.
I get about 2 and 1/4 cups from a quart of berries. This is some of the best jam you will ever eat. This is wonderful served on the angel biscuits from yesterday.