This strawberry jam is an easy, small batch preserve that uses only strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. No pectin. No canning required.
LC No Canning Required Note
This strawberry jam is great dolloped onto pancakes or homemade bread and can also be used to sandwich together a simple sponge cake. I love it spooned into tiny sweet tart shells with another miniature dollop of whipped cream on the top. If you like, you can make this with some chunks of strawberry, but you can easily tweak it to make it all smooth.
But rather than go without, some of us lazy home cooks cheat. We make a small batch of strawberry jam and, rather than fuss with canning, we stash it in the fridge in an unsealed, unsterilized, handy little container for a week or so. The small, manageable batch lasts just long enough before we grow tired of the particular flavor. And then we move on to the next fruit that we fancy, using any recipe for preserves but skipping the preserving part. And we always, always, always keep it in the fridge.
The beauty of this approach lies not just in its ease, but in the lesser amount of preserves. As author Tessa Kiros notes, “It’s not necessary to make a supply for the whole year and the whole neighborhood—although wouldn’t that be nice?” In theory, perhaps.
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 45 M
- Makes 24 (1-tbsp) servings
Special Equipment: 4 ounce jelly jars (optional) or other small resealable containers
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- Raspberry Jam
You can make raspberry jam like this, too. Just pass it through a fine sieve to get rid of the seeds.
- What You Need To Know About Canning Strawberry Jam
Here’s the thing about making and canning jam from scratch—it’s lovely in principle, although not often likely in reality. It’s not the actual act of making preserves that’s hard. It’s the idea of putting up preserves that gives some of us pause. But if you wish instead to actually can the jam, don’t let us deter you. Be sure to sterilize your jars before you have a panful of hot jam ready to put up. Then follow the instructions below.
Preheat the oven to 250°F (121°C).
It’s best to use several small jars, rather than one or two big ones. Wash the jars and lids in hot soapy water, or in the dishwasher, and rinse well in hot water. Then place the jars and the lids on a baking sheet for at least 20 minutes, or until you are ready to use them. Don’t use a dish towel to dry them. They should dry thoroughly in the oven.
When the jam is ready, spoon it into the warm sterilized jars and close the lids tightly. Turn the jars upside down, cover with a dish towel, and let stand until completely cool. This creates a vacuum that can be seen with the lid. Turn upright and store in a cool dark place.
Recipe Testers Reviews
Oh, this is soooooo good, and so easy to make, that everyone is having PB&Js today in their lunches with homemade strawberry jam! This is the perfect time of year for this recipe. Sweet and delicious strawberries are all over the markets right now. You can’t use them fast enough, but with this recipe, you can cut them up and quickly have fresh homemade jam.
The berries I had were really juicy, so it took a bit longer than the recipe states for the strawberries to cook down. If my next strawberries are as juicy, I may cut back on the sugar a tad, as I don’t think it will affect the flavor at all since the berries are so sweet.
Everyone in my family loves this jam. My son even said it has "intense fruitiness," and I think that puts it perfectly.
I've been on a jam-making binge the last few weeks—just the combination of school back in session and still so much great fruit available. I looked at several strawberry jam recipes before making this one, and all the others had 3 or 4 times as much sugar, so I wondered how this would taste. If you're looking for a little less-sweet yet still super strawberry jam, this recipe is amazing.
I took a tip from a friend and tried freezing what we weren't using. It was only frozen for 2 weeks because the first jar of jam disappeared so fast, but it worked great and is much easier than canning.