Strawberry Jam (+ Optional Canning Instructions) – Delicious homemade jam made with just 4 simple ingredients. This classic recipe can either be canned or immediately used!
Something about homemade jam is just so perfect. Whether it is blueberry, plum, raspberry, blackberry, or peach, it always tastes so much better than anything that you can get at the store. Making strawberry jam is also a great way to use up strawberries from your garden or farmers market that are perfectly in season.
Now this recipe has instructions on how to can the jam but you do not have to do that if you don’t want to. If you choose to skip that step, you can simply start using it but keep in mind that it will not be shelf stable and has to stay in the refrigerator between uses. The choice is up to you and when you want to use it.
Common Questions About Making Strawberry Jam
How do you make strawberry jam from scratch?
Making strawberry jam from scratch is easy. To make it, simply dice up strawberries and then place them in a saucepan over medium heat with lemon juice, sugar, and pectin. As the strawberries release juice, smash them using a potato smasher until the jam is as chunky or as smooth as you want. Continue to cook for 8-10 more minutes, the jam should thicken up. Remove from heat and transfer to a jar.
What is pectin?
Pectin a naturally occurring starch which is used to thicken up jams and jellies. Store bought pectin is typically made from citrus rinds and can be bought powdered or liquid.
Why do you put lemon juice in strawberry jam?
Lemon juice is used in jam to set it.
What can strawberry jam be used for?
Strawberry jam can used for so many things such as toast, english muffins, baking, etc.
What is the ratio of fruit to sugar in jam?
The general ratio is 2 cups fruit to 1 cup of sugar. That can vary a bit fruit to fruit depending on how sour the fruit is (like an orange) or if the fruit is very sweet.
How long does homemade strawberry jam last?
Strawberry jam can last up to two years in a cool, dry place (such a cupboard) if it is canned or once opened (or if it was never canned), up to three months in the refrigerator.
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Canning Instructions (Optional)