Strawberry Jam Recipe

Make the most out of your strawberries with sweet, thick, and smooth Strawberry Jam!

I love making my own strawberry jam because I can be sure that it’s made of all-natural ingredients. There’s no need for preservatives or additives to make it the best-tasting condiment in the kitchen.

With this jam, you can make your desserts, bread, smoothies, snacks, and drinks better, tastier, and healthier. Instead of buying jam, why not try to make it in your own kitchen?

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I’m sure you will love how fruity, sweet, and tarty it will be. Transform the freshest into a jam that makes your dishes and drinks better in flavor, texture, and color.

Here, you will find out how easy it is to make Strawberry Jam!

How to Make Strawberry Jam

With only three ingredients, you can already make Strawberry Jam that’s sweet, creamy, and smooth. All you have to do is cook strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar together to get the perfect jam.

I can’t wait for you to try it out!

Ingredients

Grab these ingredients to make the best-tasting Strawberry Jam:

Strawberries

When it comes to making jam, strawberries are always on top of the list.

Strawberries have a sweet, tarty, and sour flavor to make any dish flavorful. They are also soft and juicy, so they will be easy to blend and turn into a jam. You will surely get a smooth and thick texture from the natural pulp of the fruits.

The strawberry jam is made better with the vibrant red color of fresh berries. In fact, the fragrant aroma of the berries instantly makes everything better too. These fruits certainly make the best jam flavor!

Health Benefits of Strawberries

  • With the vitamin C from strawberries, you can boost your immunity and energy.
  • According to Style Craze, these fruits can also be good for your brain function.
  • Berries can promote vision and skin health too.
  • Cleveland Clinic mentioned that these berries also have good effects on your heart.
  • Did you know that berries are also among the top foods to lower blood pressure?

If you love strawberries, then you will also enjoy them in Strawberry Ice Cream Bars, Strawberry Banana Milkshake, and Banana Strawberry Popsicles!

Sugar

Every strawberry jam recipe needs some sugar.

Even if the strawberries are already sweet, you will still need sugar to add a subtle sweet taste. Once you cook it into the jam, the sugar will have a caramelized quality that makes the jam so much better.

According to The Guardian, sugar can also help make the jam last longer through any temperature. By adding sugar, you are also making the jam easy to spread and scoop, too.

Lemon juice

Don’t forget to add the finishing touch – lemon juice.

With the acidity of the lemon, you can neutralize the sweet flavors of the strawberries for a well-balanced flavor. An article by Tasting Table mentioned that lemon juice also has pectin to help the jam set for the right texture.

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Can you believe it only takes three ingredients to make this top-quality strawberry jam? The condiment will surely ooze with freshness, flavor, and nutrition!

Directions

Simply follow these steps to get the perfect Strawberry Jam even on your first try!

  1. Mix the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a pan.
  2. Stir until the sugar melts.
  3. Turn on the stove’s heat to boil the mixture.
  4. Then, mix the jam with a spatula.
  5. Once happy with the consistency, remove it from the heat.

Quick Tip!

To check if the jam is ready, drop a tablespoon of jam onto a plate. Let it cool, then run a finger through it. If the jam parts with wrinkle ripples, then it is ready to use and store!

Now, whenever you crave it, you can easily make it at home!

Tips

Buying strawberries

  • According to California Strawberries, you should buy berries with a vibrant and shiny color.
  • The green leaves should also still be intact.
  • Check the berries for any unpleasant odor.
  • I suggest buying small to medium plump berries.
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Storing strawberries

  • Don’t wash the strawberries if you plan on using them later.
  • Wrap the berries in paper towels and store them in the fridge for a week.
  • Alternatively, you can freeze the strawberries to last longer.

Lemon Juice

  • You can submerge the lemon in warm water for up to 40 minutes to juice easily.
  • Roll the lemon on a hard surface for quick juicing.
  • The lemon can also be microwaved for about 20 seconds to heat it before squeezing.
  • Remove the seeds before mixing the lemon juice into the mixture.
  • Aside from using your hands, you can also use a juicer to extract the lemon juice.
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Strawberry Jam Variations

Is there any other way to customize the strawberry jam recipe? Of course, there is!

Strawberry jam is generally safe for vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets. If you are cautious about sugar intake, then you can substitute sugar with stevia, honey, or molasses. 

Instead of a smooth jam, you can also get berry chunks, especially if you want to use them for baked goods. You may also add fruit pectin and water for a thinner consistency.

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  • Knife: Use a knife to slice the strawberries and the lemon. 
  • Spatula: Occasionally mix the strawberry jam with a clean spatula.
  • Glass jars: Store the strawberry jam in sterilized glass jars with lids. 
  • Pan: Cook the Strawberry Jam in a pan. 

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How to Use Strawberry Jam

There are plenty of ways to use strawberry jam!

You can use it as a bread spread, pastry filling, dip, sauce, salad dressing, and more! It can also be added to popsicles, cakes, donuts, smoothies, juices, pancakes, milkshakes, purees, and other dishes.

Moreover, this jam can be used for cakes, cupcakes, pies, and cookies for a hint of fruity goodness. Here are other dishes that may taste good with this jam:

While it is natural and homemade, strawberry jam can still cause adverse reactions, especially if you use too much. Having too much strawberry jam can cause bloating, diarrhea, flatulence, and lethargy. 

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: You can store the strawberry jam in a glass jar for several at room temperature. 

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In the fridge: Place the container of strawberry jam in the fridge to last up to three months. 

To freeze: Strawberries can also be stored in glass mason jars in the freezer to last up to a year. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is strawberry jam good for?

Strawberry jam is healthy because it contains essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help with heart health, weight loss, and blood sugar levels. Strawberries also contain simple sugars to supply your body with energy every day. 

Is strawberry jam better with or without pectin?

It depends on your preference. Adding pectin will make it quicker to achieve the gel-like texture of the jam. If you don’t add pectin, then it will take awhile to get the right texture.

What thickens strawberry jam?

Sugar and lemon juice play an important part in thickening the strawberry jam. They also give the jam a smooth and creamy texture that you’re looking for in any jam recipe.

Why is strawberry jam so expensive?

Strawberry jam can be expensive because strawberries are not always in season and jam is usually produced in small quantities. It’s a good thing that you can always make it at home!

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how to make strawberry jam

Strawberry Jam

5 from 1 vote
This simple 3-ingredient Strawberry Jam is bursting with flavor and sweetness! You just have to give it a try.
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 650 g
Course Condiment/spice, Fruits
Cuisine Roman
Calories 267kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 600 g strawberries (fresh)
  • 400 g sugar (Jam sugar)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (fresh)

Instructions
 

  • Mix the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a pan.
  • Stir until the sugar melts.
  • Turn on the stove's heat to boil the mixture.
  • Then, mix the jam with a spatula.
  • Once happy with the consistency, remove it from the heat.

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Notes

  • You can freeze the jam to last up to 1 year.
  • Babies can have strawberry jam as early as 12 months old.
  • Purchase quality ingredients for the best strawberry jam ever!
  • You can allow the juices to be released for an hour or overnight.
  • The sugar can help make the strawberry jam thick in consistency, but if you want to add thickness to the jam, you may incorporate a few tablespoons of cornstarch dissolved in water. Mix it into the jam while cooking.
  • In case you don’t have access to a pan or stove, you can still make strawberry jam with strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and instant pectin.
  • Thaw the frozen strawberry jam in the fridge overnight, and once thawed, consume it within 1 week and do not re-freeze.

Nutrition

Serving: 100g (of 650)Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 145mgFiber: 2gSugar: 66gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 55mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cheong, chutney, condiment, confi, conserve, fruit butter, fruit curd, fruit spread, jam, jelly, marmalade, spread

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