How to Make Strawberry Jam

The sweet taste of strawberries, fingers stained rich red, the juice of these spring gems dripping down our chins, oh how I love this time of year! Making strawberry jam is one way our family preserves that special taste to enjoy through the winter months. It really is easy and takes only a little time and a few supplies. We enjoy fresh berries in our cereal or in pies and cobblers. We also enjoy having our own jam in the pantry when berries are out of season.

How to Make Strawberry Jam - Apron Strings & other things


Basic Strawberry Jam

(yields approximately 8 half pints)

You will need:

  • 2 quarts strawberries
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 pkg (or 5 TBsp) powdered pectin
  • 1/4 tsp butter
  • 7 cups sugar
  • jelly jars, flats and rings
  • How to Make Strawberry Jam - Apron Strings & other things
  1. Wash and stem strawberries.
  2. Set clean jelly jars, flats and rings in hot water. Leave until ready to fill.Making Strawberry Jam 3 - Apron Strings & other things
  3. Crush berries a few at a time.Making Strawberry Jam 2 - Apron Strings & Other Things
  4. In a large pot combine crushed berries, pectin, lemon juice, and butter.Making Strawberry Jam - Apron Strings & other things
  5. Bring to a hard rolling boil, stirring often.Making Strawberry Jam 6 - Apron Strings & other things
  6. Add sugar all at once, stir to dissolve.Making Strawberry Jam 5 - Apron Strings & other things
  7. Bring to a rolling boil again, then cook 1 full minute, stirring constantly.
  8. Remove from heat and pour into hot jars. Leave 1/4 inch space at top of jar.Making Strawberry Jam 7 - Apron Strings & other things
  9. Wipe rim of jar with warm, damp rag.
  10. Place lid flat and tighten ring over jar.Making Strawberry Jam 8 - Apron Strings & other things
  11. Process 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner or use inversion method (I share more information about these two process HERE.)
  12. ENJOY!Strawberry Jam - Apron Strings & other things

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  1. We don’t have our own strawberries nor access to large amounts of fresh berries, would frozen berries work for jam? There is no comparison between homemade and store bought jam-I’d love to make our own!

    • Yes, Erin, frozen berries work great! Let them thaw and then give them a little mashing – they’ll be a bit soft and mushy already so it won’t take much. Use 4 cups of the mashed berries. I freeze sliced strawberries an make jam in late winter with good results ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love strawberry jam! Haven’t made any in a year or so. Yummy. Nice step by step puctures.

  3. Hope to make strawberry jam this summer, my strawberry patch has been hit with late frost the last few years and we’ve missed those sweet little berries!

    • There’s nothing like fresh berries for making jam! I do hope you have a nice crop this year. We moved last year and I no longer have my own, but we are making do with what’s available. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your summer days ๐Ÿ™‚

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