Marie T. Smith demonstrates how to make strawberry preserves in the microwave.
Microwave Strawberry Preserves
One of the ideas Mom toyed with was producing quick microwave cooking segments. The above video was made in her own kitchen in the mid-1980s. The recipe is among other Sauces and Preserves recipes available in Microwave Cooking for One.
Once you try this recipe for Strawberry Preserves, you'll want to make it whenever strawberries are in season. In addition to using it on toast, it is absolutely delicious as a topping for vanilla ice cream!
I would like to extend a special thank you to my father, Hugh Smith, for his assistance in converting this video from tape to digital.
8-oz. fresh strawberries*
Wash strawberries and remove stems before weighing. Place berries in 2-quart mixing bowl.
1 tbsp. powdered pectin
Add pectin and stir. Cover bowl with a piece of waxed paper. Cook 2:30 minutes (_____) at 100% power. Stir with rubber spatula. Replace waxed paper. Cook 30 seconds (_____) at 100% power until mixture boils.
2/3 cup sugar
Add sugar and stir. Cook 1:30 minutes (_____) at 100% power. Scrape mixture down from sides of bowl and stir. Cook 3:00 minutes (_____) at 50% power. Stir with spatula and pour into clean glass jar. Place jar, uncovered, in refrigerator. When preserves have completely chilled, cover jar with lid and store in refrigerator.
Cooking times are for a 700-watt oven. For best results with this and any other microwave recipe, please be sure to go to Timing of the Microwaving Tips section for a complete explanation of timing in the microwave. (We also provide Conversion Charts to help you find the correct times for your oven!)