You don’t need any canning equipment to make fresh jam—this recipe calls for just 15 minutes and a microwave

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Elevate your cooking repertoire by making your own jam. This strawberry Meyer lemon jam is healthier than your average pick at the grocery store—and it tastes better, too. Bonus: this DIY version takes just 15 minutes and the only equipment you'll need is a microwave.

Cut strawberries into thin slices and place in a dry measuring cup. Add sugar to the mixture, along with Meyer lemon juice and Meyer lemon zest. Let stand until syrupy. Mix the ingredients together with a wooden spatula then microwave on high for five minutes. Remove and stir; then return the mixture to the microwave for another five minutes. The mixture should cook down to ¾ cup.

Cover to preserve, or stick a piece of fresh bread in the toaster to enjoy right away. Pro tip: spread butter while it’s warm so it soaks into the bread. The lemon flavor gives the jam a tangy element that compliments the sweetness of the strawberries, waking up your taste buds and brightening up breakfast.

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