Last summer I made a Strawberry Cilantro Preserve because I wanted something delicious to fill my crescent rolls. The cilantro was a second thought ingredient but it was a great idea. It gives the jam a refreshing bite. It is ridiculously easy to make preserves and I plan to make a lot more this summer.
2lbs (or cartons) of strawberries
4-5 cups of white sugar
1/4 cup of FRESH, coarsely chopped cilantro
1/3 cups of lemon juice
a hot, sterilized jar with top
1. Clean and hull your strawberries. Loosely mash them in a bowl and then add cilantro.
2. Mix the sugar (according to your taste) in with the strawberries and cilantro.
3. Pour the mixture into a sauce pan and cook over low heat. Add the lemon juice. Keep a spoon (wooden worked best for me) nearby and stir it until the sugar has dissolved.
4. Once the sugar has dissolved turn the heat to high. The preserves should start to boil. I let my preserves boil for about 5-10 minutes.
5. Pour your hot preserves into a HOT jar, sterilized jar. This can be done by boiling the jar in water.