Strawberry and Chili (Ata-Rodo) jam
Recipe type: Sweet
Cuisine: Nigerian Fusion
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  • I pound of strawberries
  • 1small chili pepper(deseeded to reduce heat)
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 lemon(lemon juice is okay if you do not have a lemon)
  • 1tbsp liquid pectin(optional)(the jam will set without the pectin, but it will be a little runny)
  • metal spoons
  • a jar to store
  1. Put your metal spoons into a freezer.
  2. wash and slice your strawberries into a sauce pan, make sure you remove any bruised areas and the core of the fruit. Cut a small slice of your lemon, squeeze in the juice and drop the skin into the pot; then add your chili pepper
  3. add your sugar and a pinch of salt and start cooking on medium heat. Bring to a boil, making sure you stir constantly. When the mix softens, you may carefully use a wooden spoon or potato masher to slightly or smoothly mash it(making sure you do not mash the lemon along with the fruit and pepper). While it is boiling, you will see that the bubbles become a lot more thicker. At this point you may add your liquid pectin and stir for another 2 minutes(it is optional). To check if the jam is set, just put a few drops of the cooking jam onto the frozen spoon and run one of your fingers through it, it will leave a typical characteristic "jammy" trail. At this point, it is done. If not, continue cooking and stirring until the jam is set. You may add more sugar for more sweetness. Remove the lemon's skin and let the jam cool. You may store in the refrigerator for up to a month or you may freeze it
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at