Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Homemade Strawberry Jelly (新鮮草莓果凍)


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I’m so happy that the strawberry season last for quite a few months here in sunny California.  Right around now, it’s probably the peak of the season.  There are just so many different recipes featuring these lovely, sweet, and juicy jewels, that I still wanted to create and share with you.  From the comments of the Strawberry and Lime Sparkle post not long ago, I noticed that the strawberry season had not started for those who live in different parts of the world.  I cried a little because of that, just for you.  Well, I hope as the temperature continue to rise up, the strawberries are also ready at the market stands waiting for you to take them home.  Today, I’ve created another treat for you, Strawberry Jelly (新鮮草莓果凍), featuring strawberries. 

I guess you all know how much I love Jelly/Jell-o from the Jasmine Tea Jelly 茉莉花茶果凍 recipe post.  Yes, making my own “flavored” jelly is pretty fun.  Besides I can play with different flavors, I also know exactly what goes in the recipe, and into our tummies, eventually.  Most importantly, I can also leave out ingredients that I don’t like to have in my food, such as artificial flavors and colorings.  When you can get the real flavor from the real thing, why would you want something artificial, right?    

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This Strawberry Jelly recipe only has 5 ingredients.  Set the chill time aside, you can prepare this treat in about 15 minutes.  As I believe, sometimes, less is more.  Since, there are only a few ingredients here, make sure you use the best quality of ingredients that you can get your hands on.  The strawberries really shine through in this recipe, and they should be.  This strawberry jelly is sweet, tart and really refreshing.  The chilled and bouncy jelly will cool you down instantly in this warm weather.  You can add a dollop of freshly whipped cream and a spring of mint to garnish, or enjoy it as is.  As always, I can’t quite decided which one I love more.  Guess I’ll have to do more “testing” to find out.  Winking smile 

I hope you’ll give this recipe a try.  What other seasonal fruit or vegetables that you can’t wait to cook more?  For me, there are quite a few such as mangos, cherries, zucchini, rhubarb, and asparagus.  How about you?  I would love to hear from you.

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Homemade Strawberry Jelly (新鮮草莓果凍): (Printable Recipe)
Makes: 6 small cups

2 cups organic strawberries, diced and divided
1 package (7grams) unflavored powdered gelatin
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup sugar (I used vanilla sugar)
juice of 1/2 lemon

In a small bowl, stir 1/4 cup water and the powdered gelatin together. Let mixture proof for 5 minutes.

In a food processor or blender, combine 1 1/2 cups of strawberries and lemon juice together. Blend until smooth.

In a small sauce pan, heat the remaining 1 cup of water and sugar together until dissolved. Add the gelatin mixture and heat until gelatin dissolved completely. Off the heat and let mixture cool down slightly.

In a large mixing bowl, stir the strawberry gelatin mixture and remaining ½ cup diced strawberries together. With a ladle, evenly divide the strawberry jelly mixture into small cups or ramekins; chill for at least 2 hours or until firm before serving.

Serve with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and extra strawberries on top if desired.

81 comments:

  1. Such a pretty and elegant dessert Amy. Love strawberries and I love the colors here. Great post!

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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    1. Thank you so much, Anne. Glad you love this refreshing dessert. I really enjoy the vibrant color of the strawberries too. :) Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  2. Delicious! Looks like a really tasty summer recipe, I can't wait to buy fresh strawberries this year from the farmer's markets!

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. I agree, I love the berries from the farmer's markets. :) They are always the best. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. Grazie. Sono contento che ti piacciono queste piccole sorprese. Grazie per la visita Vi auguriamo una splendida settimana di anticipo.

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  4. Looks so sweet and perfect!!

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    1. Thank you, Belinda. Glad you like these little sweet treat.

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  5. I love this recipe because I love strawberries.
    Beautiful pictures.
    And I like cherries very much...
    Greetings from Spain.

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    1. Thank you, Laurel. :) Glad you love these sweet treat. If you love strawberries, you're going to love these jelly! They are packed with strawberry goodness in every bite. Wish you a wonderful week ahead.

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  6. We've been eating strawberries almost every single day, usually for breakfast. We should probably change things up a little a have some toast - with this jelly, of course! Great stuff - thanks so much.

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    1. Oh...this jelly is the "dessert" kind of jelly, or Jell-o. Not the one to spread on toast. :P hehe...but I'm sure I can make some of the spreadable ones next time. With strawberries that gorgeous and in season, they are good in any form!

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  7. This is gorgeous! And it looks SO fresh and delicious. I wish strawberries were good here...

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    1. Thank you so much. Wait, you still don't get decent strawberries just yet? Hope you'll get some good ones soon. This is absolutely the best to have in hot summer days!

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  8. Una verdadera delicia de postre muy vistoso me encanta,hugs.

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    1. Muchas gracias. Me alegra que te guste estos pequeños dulces. Gracias por visitar y tener una maravillosa semana por delante.

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  9. A great summer dessert, Amy. I would love one too.

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    1. Thank you, Angie. Glad you like this dessert too. :) My kids has been enjoy this almost every day. WIsh you a wonderful week ahead.

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  10. Amy, this looks great! And I love sweet and tart flavors! Bet your kiddos love this!

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    1. Thank you so much, Abbe. Yes, I love sweet and tart together as well. My kids were so glad I always have these in the fridge for them. :)

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  11. Beautiful dessert Amy, I love the fresh strawberries...so elegant!
    Hope you are having a great week my dear :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Juliana. Glad you like my desserts. :) Wish you a wonderful week ahead.

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  12. I love strawberries too and this jelly looks perfectly suitable for the warm days of spring and summer!

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    1. Thank you, Katerina. Glad you love these strawberry jelly treats. :) Wish you a wonderful week ahead.

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  13. Amy, your dishes and photos are always very attractive!!! This is a best desset at any time :)

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    1. Thank you, Esther. Glad you like these little desserts. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  14. Looks so attractive and yummy , great pics

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    1. Thank you, Amrita. Glad you like these treats and my pictures.

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  15. Strawberries are finally tasting good here and I really can't wait to try this! It's the perfect dessert to celebrate them!

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. Glad you love this dessert and I'm happy you're getting the wonderful strawberries there, finally. :) Yay! Wish you a wonderful week ahead.

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  16. What a beautiful and delicious dessert! So elegant

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I'm glad you like these strawberry jello too. Have a wonderful week.

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  17. I love the taste of strawberry. I think I will just eat it like that without the cream to truly enjoy the taste of strawberry and the texture of the jelly. Very yummy!

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    1. Thank you, Mun. Hehe...yes, I love it without the cream as well, very refreshing that way. But my kids love the cream on top. :) Wish you a wonderful week.

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  18. We love strawberries and tend to over consume them every year. :D Your jelly looks pretty and delicious!

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    1. Thank you, Nami. It is such a thing as over consume for strawberries? hehe....I that not, because I simply don't set a limit on my consumption! hahaha...

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  19. Amy, this looks like such a wonderfully pretty and delicious treat - what a creative idea to make the best of these sweet fruits - I like the ease of this recipe and how impressive it looks when it is set and chilled. A terrific post, Amy!
    Have a sweet Thursday!

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    1. Thank you so much, Andrea. I'm glad you like this simple recipe. It truly is yummy and refreshing. :) Wish you and your family a wonderful week ahead.

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  20. I could use a cool down right now, Amy, and this looks perfect for it! I love seeing a homemade, healthy version of treats like these. Plus, you make it look so grown up and special.

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    1. Thank you, Monica. Glad you like my homemade version. :) Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  21. Your jelly looks amazing! Love this simple recipe!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you love this simple strawberry jelly recipe. :)

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  22. What a beautiful recipe, and so easy too!
    Also loved the photo magnets post, your kiddos are soooo cute!

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    1. Thank you, Nic. Glad you like my Strawberry Jelly recipe and my little photo magnet craft. :) Wish you a wonderful rest of the week.

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  23. These are simply stunning, the beautiful pictures and the recipe. Thumbs up for home made jellies.

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    1. Thank you, Navaneetham. Glad you love my simple homemade jelly dessert. :D Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  24. It's great reading your post today, Amy! The local Strawberry season for us here in MA is about 2 weeks away and I cannot wait! Your jelly looks yummy!
    ~Judy

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    1. Oh...still need to wait 2 more weeks? Good news is, it's not that far away. Hang in there....this dessert is worth the wait with those fresh strawberries! ;)

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  25. ust perfect for summer gathering party sweet bites!
    i love to frozen it first and eat that, the texture would be like a shorbet, lovely!

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    1. Thank you. Interesting idea of freezing it. :) hehe...I'm gonna have to give that a try on my next batch.

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  26. Thanks so much for stopping by and bringing me to your delicious blog! We are not in strawberry season yet in the midwest, but soon. I shall put aside your recipe until then.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. Thank you, Bonnie. Sorry that the strawberry season isn't quite on yet in your area. Good to know it's coming real soon. I'm sure you'll love this recipe. :) Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  27. I love the collection of your strawberry stuff, you always take beautiful photos!

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    1. Thank you, Veronica. I think we all "eat" with our eyes first and I'm passionate about food photography...so I try to present my food in the best way possible. :) Glad you like my pictures.

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  28. Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits. This looks fantastic!

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    1. Thank you, Cathleen. Glad you like strawberries too. These are really like eating strawberries themselves but in jelly form. :) Wish you a wonderful rest of the week.

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  29. Amy, u seem to be using quite a bit of strawberries in your recipes & I'm loving it!

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    1. LOL...what can I say. I love strawberries. They are the main ingredient in these treats so I rather have more so I can taste them. :P These really is like eating strawberries in a jelly form.

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  30. Hi Amy, lovely strawberry jelly so refreshing and tempting. As usual lovely pictures and presentation. I Love strawberry too.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Amelia. Glad you love strawberry and my pictures. Wish you a wonderful rest of the week too.

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  31. You sure do know how to celebrate Spring...love the color, texture and deliciousness of this! Great way to incorporate some strawberries ...LOVE!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you love my post and recipe. Wish you a wonderful rest of the week.

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  32. Summer or winter, I would eat this delicious dessert in a heartbeat :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. Thank you, CCU. I agree with you. I'm so glad I'm getting strawberries almost all year round. :)

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  33. I have been on a roll with berry recipes and your strawberry jellies look so cool and delicious! Beautiful, too :)

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    1. Thank you, Liz. I know. Better take advantage of the berry season. ;)

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  34. I am never tired of strawberries. I wish they were in season all year round. Your jelly looks beautiful and I bet it's pleasantly light and refreshing!

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    1. Thank you, Sissi. I agree, I wish the strawberries are available all year round. :) Wish you a wonderful rest of the week.

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  35. un très beau dessert gourmand et rafraîchissant c'est la saison des fraises j'adore
    bonne soirée

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    1. Merci beaucoup. Je suis contente que tu aimes ma gelée de fraise. Je vous souhaite une merveilleuse semaine.

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  36. Yummy! And I love the intense beautiful jelly color!

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    1. Thank you, Kiran. Glad you like the vibrant red from the strawberries. :D

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  37. What a timely (and beautiful) post! Just a few days ago, my partner commented that he would like to learn to make jelly. I grew up with homemade jellies and preserves but never made them myself. We will try this recipe! This already has me thinking about what kind of toast to spread this on.... :-)

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    1. Oh...Dan. Sorry for the confusion. This this the jelly as in Jell-o, a snake. And not the type to spread on toasts. :P I think I need to post a recipe for the later one to make it up.

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  38. Amy- Thanks for visiting my blog. So glad that I found you. Your garden looks so beautiful. I love homemade strawberry jelly. Yours looks fabulous
    Shema | LifeScoops

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    1. Thank you, Shema. Glad you like my blog. Thank you so much for visiting and wish you a wonderful week ahead.

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  39. This looks great; I'm definitely going to have to try it. I had never baked with rhubarb prior to last year, but at my CSA drop one week, rhubarb was included. I made the most luscious mini-cakes with them and I can't wait for them to come back in season here (I try to buy locally as much as possible, and Ohio's weather ... well, it will likely be July or August before I start seeing rhubarb at the farmer's markets)

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Glad you like this recipe. I love rhubarb too. The sweet and tart flavor is really wonderful. Wish you a great week ahead.

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  40. WOW, this looks WAY better than any jello I have ever seen out of a packet! I love the texture on this!

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  41. this looks great I should make it with the kids

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  42. I'm a strawberry fanatic. This looks too good for words :)

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