As far back as I can remember my Dad has been the family preserves maker. Strawberry in the summer, grape in the fall, with the occasional foray into peach and raspberry. I have multiple memories of waking up on warm summer mornings to the scent of sweet berries because my Dad had gone to the pick-your-own place and gotten a flat or two of strawberries. We’d have shortcakes and pancakes and eat them fresh out of hand. And Dad would make jam.
Now jam (along with pickles and bread) is in the catagory of foodstuffs that intimidate me. There’s just a little too much chemistry involved. They’re too fussy and needy, like that one toddler you’d rather not babysit. But our local grocery store had boxes of strawberries on sale two for one and I succumbed, not thinking that this would likely be more than our little family would eat. So I had these once-gorgeous berries staring at me, begging to be used. And while I was reaching into the pantry for something (peanut butter? cat food? who knows?) a bag of chia seeds caught my eye. Hadn’t I read somewhere that you could use chia to make an easy fruit jam? I did a little research and the process seemed easy enough for me. Too easy! That, and the fact that the recipe involves two of everything, inspired the name.
Two Too Easy Strawberry Chia Jam
2 cups cut up strawberries
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp chia seeds
1. Cook the strawberries in a saucepan over medium heat until they start to get soft and liquidy.
2. Add the water and maple syrup and cook a couple of minutes more.
3. Remove from heat and pour half of the berry mixture into a blender. Add the chia to the blender and mix for about a minute.
4. Add the blender ingredients back to the saucepan and mix together.
5. Pour into a jar or other container. Store in the fridge for a week or two.
If you like your jam sweeter, add more syrup. If you’d rather use honey or sugar, go ahead. If you want a smoother texture you can blend the whole thing. If you want it more chunky (and don’t mind super-visible chia seeds) skip the blender. This is the easiest way to make and share homemade jam with those you love.