I purchased the strawberry conserve before I read the feedback from others! However I took advice from the people who had made suggestions and ended up with perfect strawberry jam. I added 2.6 lbs of granulated sugar the juice of 1 lemon, 3/4 punnet of strawberries mashed with a potato masher and 1/4 pint water, it took around 50 minutes to reach setting but it is delicious and It made 4 and a half jars of firmly set strawberry jam.
Published 15 09 2014
This review is for an older version of this product
I make lots of strawberry jam each year and as I haven't made as much as normal thought I'd have a go at this. At first I was very disappointed that the can contained purée instead of strawberries, but made it up anyway, using the microwave. The conserve achieved a very creditable set and tastes good, but it has come into it's own in filling cakes and my disabled father, who has difficulty swallowing, loves it and doesn't choke - a great result.
Published 01 09 2014
by Anne Middelburg
Made this today, or attempted to. Despite extra boiling the jam refused to set at all. Really disappointed and surprised this passed Lakeland's usual rigorous testing. Am going to add some pectin and try again. Hope the marmalade is more successful.
Published 12 08 2014
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. We're sorry you've had disappointing results from the first time you've used the strawberries. Another customer has found this method works for this item: 2 tins prepared strawberries, 1450g sugar, no water! It took less than 1/2 hour to set and got enough to fill 7 jam jars. It tastes good and is a good texture (if you like jam without fruit pieces). We hope that helps.
Been buying from Lakeland for years and thus is the first product I haven't been happy with. I bought this as a cheat's way of making jam for a charity stall but didn't read the tin carefully as didn't realise it was only a purée. Read the reviews as I was making it so added some chopped strawberries to add some fruit pieces. Took much longer to set than instructions suggested so also added some lemon juice as previous reviewers have suggested. When set looked a lovely deep red but was very very sweet. Will stick to making chutney and buying supermarket jam in future.
Published 12 08 2014
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. We're sorry the strawberries didn't meet your expectations.
by Mrs Caunter
very easy to follow and understand. All you need is to add sugar. My jam turned out brilliant and tasts just as good as bought jam in the supermarkets.
Published 31 07 2014
NOT what it says on the tin!”
by Mrs Felicity Hey
To quote from the book The Right Way to Make Jams- "a conserve is a whole fruit jam where the fruit is whole or halved and maintains its original shape and is suspended in a jelly or syrup". So how can Home Cook sell a thin puree as a conserve? Misleading and falsely represented, and highly inconvenient when I was trying to produce some preserves for a fund raiser. I would be ashamed for anyone to buy this, and my reputation would be shot as I have been making jams, conserves and chutneys for years. IT DOES NOT SAY IT IS A PUREE ON THE TIN!!!
Published 28 05 2014
A note from the team: Thank you for placing your review. We're sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment caused by the tin not stating the contents are more of a puree and does not include pieces of strawberry as it does on the Lakeland website. We'll pass your comments forward to our buyers for them to look at in more detail.
This was an utter disappointment. The tin contained not a single berry only juice. I would have thrown it out had I not already put sugar and water in the pan. I had some strawberries that I chopped up and added in then end otherwise it would have been like cheap supermarket jam. Conserve! I think not. Do NOT buy this, it' a waste of money.
Published 16 04 2014
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. We're sorry for the disappointment and will be in touch shortly.Please note this product is a puree and does not include pieces of strawberry
Utter disappointment on both the product and Lakeland”
by Mrs French
What a waste of sugar, time and energy - so disappointing, I really expected better of a Lakeland product. I travelled specially to Canterbury 12 miles away to buy this as I'd run out of my homemade Plum jam for my B&B. It has no texture, is sloppy (despite an extra boil) and although smells nice, has no flavour. I also bought their Lemon Marmalade - I do hope I haven't wasted more money...
Published 11 04 2014
A note from the team: Thanks for the review and taking the time to speak to me on the phone. I was sorry to hear that you'd bee disappointed with the results but glad I was able to put things right for you.
by Mrs Hayden
combine the strawberry concentrate with rhubarb for a change and its not too sweet.
Published 20 03 2014
Not a conserve !!”
by Mrs Wise
This is definitely not a conserve, as there are no fruit pieces! Having been forewarned by other comments I bought some strawberries, chopped them up roughly and added them to the mix and cut down on the sugar - Great, certainly made strawberry jam easier to make, and it set perfectly - rather rare for me and jam making. Thank you
Published 22 02 2014
Expect more from Lakeland”
A waste of time and money. Don't be tempted.Runny and unimpressed with flavour.Don't buy.
Published 18 02 2014
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. We'#re sorry that the strawberries haven't met your expectations and will be in touch shortly.
by Mrs hall
I was very disappointing in this product i had to reboil it so it would set, i am going to try the lemon marmalade and give the conserve one more try. I did have to add apple pectin in the end. It is cheaper to by at your local supermarket and have no mess.
Published 14 01 2014
A note from the team: Thanks for your feedback. I'm sorry that this didn't work as well as expected, I'll be in touch shortly to help.
Not as expected!”
by Mrs Davies
My dad (86 years young!!) always makes his own marmalade, using prepared oranges in a tin (not usually yours?) So when I saw this product I thought it would be nice for him to do strawberry Jam for a change!! Firstly there were no strawberries, which we both expected, then he couldn't get it to set. After cooling there was a layer of water under the lid and on top of the wax disc. He had to re-boil it after taking the water off, to get a very loose set. Tastes lovely but really not as expected.
Published 17 12 2013
A note from the team: Thanks for taking the time to write your review. I'm sorry that your Dad had been disappointed with the prepared strawberries, I'll be in touch shortly.
Unfortunately very disappointing”
Usually I make my own jams with fresh fruit but as I didn't have enough strawberries from the garden I thought I would use this instead. The jam took so much longer than 10 minutes to get to setting point and I only made 4 x 1-lb jars + 1" in the 5th jar. It's more of a jelly than jam and I was so disappointed with the final result. I certainly won't buy this product again.
Published 19 11 2013
A note from the team: Thanks for taking the time to write your review. I'm sorry that you'd been disappointed with the results, I'll be in touch shortly.
The contents of the can is rather brown but end product a deep red. Really good set, end product very tasty and much nicer than a lot of bought strawberry jam/conserve. But I only got 3 jars for the effort although I only put 2lbs of sugar in, instead of 2lbs 12oz. These 3 jars at £3.30ish for can plus 95p for sugar = about £1.40 a jar. But for that delicious taste it is worth it.
Published 24 10 2013
STRAWBERRY CONSERVE ****”
by Mr YOUNG
I used this for the first time and have to say after reading some of the reviews I am glad I did, as it was fine. I used 25ml less water and added 25ml pulp strawberries. Not a sweet sticky mess that some people told me it was, I will use it in the future....Gordon young.NI
Published 23 10 2013
This product is no more like Jam or Conserve than fly in the air. I bought two of these tins as an easy way to make jam for a Church Fayre, but there is no way I could use it under the "trade descriptions act!!!!" I wish I had read the reviews before I wasted my time, money and loads of sugar.
Published 24 09 2013
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taste of strawberries”
by Mrs tranter
bought this thinking it was jam when in fact it was conserve when it wouldn't set I reboiled it and added 4 tablespoons of lemon juice to 2 tins of conserve and walla it set like jam delicious
Published 09 09 2013
by Mrs Stanley
I am a seasoned jam maker and I got 4.5 jars using the following method. Crush one punnet of strawberries using a potato masher. Add the tin of concentrate, half a pint of water and 1200g of JAM Sugar. As you heat the jam, make sure that all the sugar is dissolved. I let it boil until it reached setting temperature (used jam thermometer) about 15 mins. This made jam of the right consistency and the sweetness was just right. Im sure it would be fine just following the recipe and using jam sugar, but the added strawberries make it absolutely authentic.
Published 13 08 2013
Would not set after an hour went down the sink.
Published 02 08 2013
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. We're sorry the Prepared Strawberry hasn't worked for you as expected. We'll be in touch shortly to help.