Strawberry Jam Recipe

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This delicious homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Made with simple ingredients like fresh strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice, it’s ready in less than an hour. Use it as a spread on toast or as a topping for desserts!

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Why Make Homemade Strawberry Jam

Strawberry season is upon us, and there’s nothing better than preserving fresh strawberries by making strawberry jam from scratch!

  • Perfectly preserves fresh strawberries. This delicious jam has no added preservatives like pectin, but it can last for up to a year when stored in a cool, dark space.
  • Simple and easy to make. This strawberry jam recipe is easy to follow and is ready in just 10 minutes.
  • Make a small batch. Perfect if you want to make a small batch or double the recipe, depending on how much jam you want.
  • Versatile ingredient. Delicious as a spread on toast or dessert topping, or enjoy it straight from the jar! Make these delicious Vegan Jam Cookies or Peanut Butter Jelly Bars.

Ingredient Notes

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This strawberry jam recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Made with strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice and ready quickly.

All other ingredients and measurements can be found in the recipe card towards the bottom of this post. 

  • Strawberries. Use fresh, ripe strawberries for the best flavor. You can also use frozen strawberries, but you have to thaw them in the fridge first.
  • White sugar. Use granulated sugar.
  • Lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice is essential to forming the gel and preserving the jam. It also adds a bright flavor that complements the sweetness of strawberries.
  • Cardamom. An optional ingredient but adds hints of lemon, ginger, and pepper.

Steps To Make This Recipe

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Step One.
Sterilize your mason jar(s) in boiling water and dry completely. Hull and remove the tops from the strawberries using a metal straw.

Step Two. Crush strawberries well in a wide bowl with a potato masher or a large fork. I like to leave it a little chunky for a great texture.

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Step Three. Combine mashed strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a heavy-bottomed saucepan; stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved.

Step Five. Increase heat to high, and bring the strawberry mixture to a full rolling boil. Continue to boil, stirring often, until the mixture reaches 200 degrees F (about 25-35 minutes until it is half the size of what you started with).

Step Six. Transfer finished jam into hot sterile jars, filling within 1/4 inch of the top. Top with lids and screw rings on tightly. See all details in the recipe card below.

An overhead image of strawberry jam spread on two pieces of toast, with jam in a jar beside it.

What to Serve with Strawberry Jam

  • Use strawberry jam as a spread for toast, biscuits, muffins, bread, and bagels. You can also top pancakes or waffles for a tasty breakfast! I recommend pairing it with this strawberry yogurt muffin.
  • Make a delicious peanut butter and jam sandwich.
  • Use it as a dessert topping or incorporate it to the ingredients. Some delicious desserts are jam cookies, cheesecakes, and ice cream.
  • Eat it straight from the jar because why not?!

Recipe Tips

  • Sterilize your mason jar in boiling water for 10 minutes and dry completely with a clean towel.
  • Hull the strawberries using a metal straw. Insert the straw through the pointed end of the strawberry and push through. It will pull the green tops off perfectly without wasting much strawberry.
  • Mash the strawberries with a potato masher for a quick and easy process.
  • Stir frequently to prevent the jam mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Make Ahead and Storage Tips

When stored in sterilized jars and properly sealed, this strawberry jam recipe can last for up to a year when stored in a cool, dark space like a pantry or cupboard. Once opened, make sure to refrigerate it to make it last for up to 3 months.

Recipe FAQs

How to know if my jam will set?

Use a thermometer and make sure that the jam reaches 200F on a rolling boil. The jam should reduce to half of what you started with.

Can I use frozen strawberries to make homemade jam recipe?

Yes! Thaw them before cooking and drain excess moisture.

How do I sterilize jars for homemade jam?

Wash your jars in hot, soapy water and rinse well. Place the jars in a large pot, cover them with water, and boil them for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the jars with tongs and let them air dry or dry them with a clean towel before filling them with hot jam.

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Strawberry Jam

This strawberry jam recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Made with strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice and ready in a few minutes!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 42 minutes
Servings: 50

Equipment

  • large bowl
  • heavy bottomed sauce pan or dutch oven
  • metal straw *optional for mulling the strawberries

Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ tsp cardamom, optional* Add up to 3 tsp for extra flavor!

Instructions 

  • Sterilize your mason jar(s) in boiling water and dry completely. Set aside.
  • Hull and remove the tops from the strawberries. I used a metal straw. Insert the straw through the pointed end of the strawberry and push through. It will pull the green tops off perfectly without wasting much strawberry.
  • Crush strawberries well in a wide bowl with a potato masher or a large fork.
  • Combine mashed strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a heavy-bottomed saucepan; stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • Increase heat to high, and bring the mixture to a full, rolling boil. Continue to boil, stirring often, until the mixture reaches 200ºF (about 25-35 minutes until it is half the size of what you started with).
  • Transfer jam asap into sterile jars, filling to within ¼ inch of the top. Top with lids and screw rings on tightly. Let the jars cool a bit for about 30 minutes and then add to the fridge to cool. This recipe makes about 4 cups of jam.

Notes

    • This recipe makes 4 cups of jam! Nutritional info is for 1-2 Tbsp. 
    • Sterilize your mason jar in boiling water for 10 minutes and dry completely with a clean towel.
    • Hull the strawberries using a metal straw. Insert the straw through the pointed end of the strawberry and push through. It will pull the green tops off perfectly without wasting much strawberry.
    • Mash the strawberries with a potato masher for a quick and easy process.
    • Stir frequently to prevent the jam mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month. You can freeze these for up to 2 months.   

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5 Tbsp | Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.003g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 0.4mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Course: Sauces & Dressings
Cuisine: American
Servings: 50
Calories: 68
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