Easy Strawberry Jam Tutorial
Make your own strawberry jam that tastes better than storebought!
My family has been making this jam for a long time, and it never seems to go out of style. When the strawberry jam was all gone, even though several other varieties of jam and jelly still graced the pantry and refrigerator shelves, my dad would exclaim, "Don't we have any real jam around here?"
My husband is the same way. Recently we used up the last of the homemade jam I had made some time ago, but we still had some sandhill plum jelly (which is supposed to be a real delicacy). He thought we could just use that up first. A few days later, however, he was asking me if we could get some strawberry jam....It just tastes better!
This jam is simple to make since it does not require canning. It needs to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. I usually keep one jar in the fridge and freeze the rest, since we don't use it really fast, but when I was still living with my parents, we kept it all in the fridge, since it went pretty rapidly with seven kids in the house!
4 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen (I use a 32-ounce bag of frozen berries)
6 cups sugar
6 tablespoons pectin (or 1 6-ounce box)
1 tablespoon butter
First, mash the berries to the desired consistency for the jam. I use a pastry blender to chop up my strawberries, but you can use a biscuit cutter or something similar.
In a large kettle, combine the strawberries, pectin, and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
As soon as the strawberry mixture is boiling, add the sugar all at once, stirring constantly.
Stir the mixture well to dissolve all the sugar. Continue to stir constantly as you bring it back to a boil. It takes a while to get the jam to boiling point again, so be patient and resist the urge to crank up the heat. You don't want to scorch this precious jam!
When the jam reaches a rolling boil (the bubbling does not stop while you are stirring), set the timer or watch the clock for one minute. Continue to stir the jam briskly. As soon as the minute is up, turn off the heat and remove the jam pot from the burner. If you cook the jam longer than a minute on a rolling boil, it will get too thick and not spread nicely on the bread.
You should have clean, pint or half-pint jars or containers ready to fill with the jam. A canning funnel is a big help to keep from making a great sticky mess.
Ladle the hot jam into the jars. Make sure the jars are sitting on a heat-proof surface, such as a wooden cutting board. Fill the jars to within about a half inch to an inch of the top.
Allow the jam to cool to room temperature before capping and storing. The jam needs to be refrigerated or frozen because you got to skip the canning process! This jam recipe makes about four pints of delicious jam.
Be sure to reward yourself with a slice of homemade bread and butter, topped with a thick layer of fresh strawberry jam. Mmmm!
What's Your Jam Expertise?
Anna Javier on October 03, 2020:
I'll try this. I've never made jam before, will probably try this also with another fruit like pineapple or guava.
katedonavon (author) on May 14, 2014:
I would say at least 3 months in the freezer and at least 1 month in the fridge. At least that's my best estimate. :)
Tracy on May 12, 2014:
How long will the jam be good for in the fridge and the freezer?
katedonavon (author) on January 29, 2012:
Thanks vespawoolf! We just polished off another jar of it at my house. :)
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 29, 2012:
This is a very nice hub with the step-by-step instructions and your own photos, too. I saw some strawberries at the market today. If the price is right, I'm going to give this one a go!
katedonavon (author) on January 08, 2012:
Great! Glad y'all are trying it out! Thanks for reading and commenting, alissaroberts and LoriSoard.
LoriSoard from Henryville, Indiana on January 07, 2012:
Yummo. I want to try to make some of this, too. My kids love it.
Alissa Roberts from Normandy, TN on January 07, 2012:
My husband is now super excited that I found this hub. He loves homemade strawberry jam. My aunt usually makes us a couple of jars each year which we inhale in like 5 days flat :) Definitely going to have to try this one out! Thanks so much for sharing this hub!
katedonavon (author) on December 16, 2011:
Thanks, Shesabutterfly! I never tried the step-by-step photos before so I'm glad someone likes them. :)
Cholee Clay from Wisconsin on December 13, 2011:
Love the step by step pictures. Another great homemade recipe! My fiancé also loves strawberry jam, it will be great to make it homemade for him:)