Once you’ve had homemade strawberry jam, you’ll never buy store bought again. Ever.
Quick and Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam
- Sugar (reader Leland confirms that Splenda works great too)
- Ball Real Fruit Instant Pectin
- Blender (a Blentec blender will bust this out fast for you, plus it’s awesome for a million other things!)
- KitchenAid (another wonderful multipurpose tool)
- Huller (my sister told me about this cool variation of the usual “huller” after I cut tops off of 60 pounds of strawberries!)
- 4 cup measuring cup
In my recipe, I wanted to use 2 pounds of strawberries at a time, to make it nice and easy for measuring.
Strawberries need more than just a rinse under the faucet. They are dirty! I had a little assembly line of 2 big bowls and a strainer before I stemmed them.
Look how dirty the water is!
Two days after I did my 30 batches of jam, my sister told me about this cool tool her neighbor used when she did her jam. Looks easier than a traditional huller and was probably less waste than using a knife!
Or try this cool StemGem Strawberry stem remover. This tool looks so cool, and would sure come in handy when removing the stem on hundred’s of strawberries. The more of the white tasteless stem you can get out the better your jam will taste.
Just remember that one pound of strawberries is 2 cups of pureed strawberries. For this recipe you need 4 cups, so use 2 pounds.
Here’s one huge time saver… have a good blender that will puree your strawberries quickly! If you like your jam a little more chunky, just puree half the strawberries in your batch for less time! My Blendtec blender pureed the strawberries in less than 30 seconds!
In a separate bowl, blend 5 tablespoons of pectin and 1.5 cups of sugar. Just use a wire wisk and you can have it blended well after 30 seconds of some brisk wisking!
3 minutes x 30 batches = 90 minutes
I shaved 90 minutes off my total prep time! Because of the KitchenAid, I was able to multitask! See how much time this amazing tool can save you!? (Not to mention the sore muscles!)
Back to the recipe, pour your pectin and sugar mixture in first. Then pour in 4 cups of strawberry puree. I like to use my spatula and scrape the bottom of the KitchenAid bowl before I turn it on. Mixer at the lowest speed using the wisk attachment and set have it stir for 3 minutes while you work on your jam. That’s right, 3 minutes of multitasking! Woot!
Once your jam is nice and blended (don’t forget… 3 minutes!) pour your jam into containers. You can do any size container. Some people like to put one batch into one big container, but I prefer 2 cup/pint reuseable containers. This way the jam is consumed before it becomes a big sticky mess. And the containers stack better in my freezer than jars.
Let the jam set for 30 minutes before you put it in the freezer. It’s good in the freezer for 1 year and good in the fridge for 3 weeks.
After my 30 batches of jam, I wanted to make some Strawberry Lemonade concentrate. I simply used this Homemade Strawberry Lemonade recipe I posted a couple weeks ago, and left the water out of the mixture. I poured the concentrate into quart sized freezer bags and had my daughter write the directions on the front. On fathers day we took a bag out of the freezer and let it soften a bit and then added Sprite to it. Oh my goodness, THAT was yummy!
In the end, we had 70 containers in the freezer and 8 bags of Strawberry Lemonade and it took us about 6 hours. We had fun working together and the other kids popped in and out and helped in their own special way as well!
Want to adjust the recipe? Use this cool tool on the Ball Real Fruit Pectin website.
What tips do you have for making jam?
Other favorite recipes you might like:
- Delicious homemade bread (to put my jam on!)
- Easy Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Recipe (you can freeze the concentrate too!)
- How to make your Strawberries Last Longer
- Gluten Free: Strawberry Yogurt Lime Smoothie
- Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe
- Basic Cheesecake Recipe with Strawberry Topping
- Strawberry Shortcake on a Stick
- Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake
- Kid Friendly Strawberry Spinach Smoothie
- 3 Ingredient Good Till the Last Bite Strawberry Pie