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How to Make Strawberry Jam

Updated on October 22, 2014

There's nothing that beats home made jam

Straight from your own kitchen, home-made jam has a gorgeous fruity flavour, a clear bright colour and it's full of plain old fashioned goodness- goodness that goes beyond the taste. You've made the jam and you know exactly what's in it. It's your jam.

If you've never made jam, then you won't know how ridiculously easy it is. You won't know the pleasure of spreading berry jam over a warm scone and admiring the vibrant colour before biting into the sweet richness of your own making. It's a great experience.

When was the last time you tasted home made jam?

I love a good jam. When I make my own I serve it to my grandchildren knowing there are no food additives or colouring. And even better, they think I'm clever!

Some Jam Making Terms

Let's get these out of the way

Fruit in jelly, jam and preserves

In jelly, the fruit comes in the form of fruit juice.

In jam, the fruit comes in the form of fruit pulp or crushed fruit

In preserves, the fruit comes in the form of chunks in a syrup or a jam.

Pectin is an indigestible carbohydrate found in the cell walls of most fruit. When heated with sugar in water, it makes jams set - turn from liquid into jam. I don't use pectin but lots of people do. Jam can be made quite well without it and it keeps the price down.

Jell-O is entirely different from pectin. It's made from gelatin, which is a protein made from the collagen in cow or pig bones, hooves, and connective tissues. If you're a vegetarian, watch out for products with Jell-O.

Don't ever be afraid of making jam, it's easy and the results are particularly gratifying.

All you need is some fruit and some sugar, a bit of lemon juice and a big pot - next thing you know you're making jam with your eyes closed (almost). The best way to learn is to jump in and do it.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups strawberries
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice

Home Made Strawberry Jam

Make your first jam

1 Prepare the strawberries - take off any leaves etc.

2. Put the strawberries into a big bowl and crush them. Use a potato masher or a heavy wooden spoon but make sure you crush them by hand. Jam tastes better if you don't use the blender or food processor.

2. Put the crushed berries, sugar, juice and water into a large pot. Make sure it's a very big pot because the berry mixture will rise, and froth right up as much as three times its original size. Any pot will do as long as it's big and it's not made of aluminum.

3. Turn the heat to medium high and bring the berry mixture to a boil. You have to stir it frequently at this stage. This is the one crucial time in the whole process for, if there's ever going to be any mishap in your jam making, it will be when the mixture boils! So keep a sharp eye on it. My mother used to add a teaspoon of butter to her jam mixture to reduce the foaming but I don't often have butter to hand and if I keep my wits about me, the pot won't boil over.

4. Lower the heat to a gentle little boil and give it a stir fairly frequently. You want to make sure it's not sticking on the bottom. As it thickens up, test it by scooping up a little with a non-slotted metal spoon and seeing how it looks as it drips off the spoon.

This is called sheeting. First of all the jam will drip off the spoon in several places, but after some cooking time, the drips will combine to make a bigger drop. As the drops pull towards one another the bit of jam you can see between them is the "sheet."

5. When you're satisfied, take the pot off the heat. Skim off the foam from the top with a large metal spoon.

Let it cool in the pot a bit, then pour the jam into any clean glass container. Pop it in the frig.

You've just made strawberry jam..

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Making Strawberry Jam to put away

In sealable preserve jars

Place 8 cups strawberries into a large pot and bring to a simmer on the stove for 10 minutes.

Add 6 cups sugar and 1/3 cup lemon juice. Stirring often, simmer for 15-20 minutes.

While berries are simmering, prepare your jars. If you have a dishwasher, place 8-10 jars in the top rack and run through the rinse cycle. I don't have a dishwasher so I boil my jars in hot water for two minute. In another smaller pot, I boil the lids with rubber seals for 2 minutes.

Take the strawberries off the heat and let them sit for two minutes. Ladle into jars, leaving a couple of inches of room at the top. Wipe down the rims with a paper towel and put the lids on. Place each sealed jar into a big pot of water, bring to a boil and cover for 10 minutes. Remove jars from pot and as they cool, listen for each "pop" as the seal takes.

Now you have jam to store in a dark cupboard or pantry

How about you?

Do you reckon you could whip up some home made jam?

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© 2009 Susanna Duffy

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    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Im not so keen on strawberry jam even though i love strawberries. Now apricot jam that's a different story!

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      Arthur Russ 5 years ago from England

      We grow our own soft fruits in our back garden every summer and always pick loads of wild blackberries from the local cycle track every August so homemade jams is one item on our list of things to do with all the free fruit we gather.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Made some jam this morning. So delicious! Thanks!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Strawberry and apricot are my favorite jams. Don't eat enough to make it...although it would make nice gifts.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      This looks so good! I used to have a large strawberry patch, and would make jam every year. It's so much better than anything you can buy.

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      SandyPaw 5 years ago

      I didn't know making jam was so easy

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      Yum... this is easy!

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      Strawberry Jam is my favorite. One of these days I'll give your recipe and tips a try. :)

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      Yum, strawberry jam is the best!

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      ionee251 5 years ago

      I love home-made jam. Everything is natural.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      Once I went to a pick it yourself strawberry farm and from that made some of the most wonderful batches of strawberry jam I have ever tasted! Somehow the strawberries I grow never stay around long enough to end up in jam - lol!

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Wow, what a treat!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is something I need to try. thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We were just about to give this a try before berry season ends, so these tips are very helpful! :)

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      i am definitely gonna try this soon! thanks for sharing!

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      You make this process sound so very easy! Do you think the recipe will work with peaches?

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This sounds great and looks so easy!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I love home made strawberry jam. Once my mother gets here (tomorrow) we will go strawberry picking. Hopefully we'll pick enough to make a batch or two.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Lizzy

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Very helpful lens! This lens has been chosen as Lens of the Week on SeniorSquids.Com -- Congratulations!

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      ulla_hennig 7 years ago

      I have never made strawberry jam, but I like to eat it, and just looking at the photos was great!

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Making strawberry freezer jam and ice cream/shortcake sauce is a tradition in our family. I have spent many days picking strawberries at a local farm over the years...it always reminds me of sitting in my grandpa's strawberry patch when I was a kid. I used to eat strawberries 'til my tummy hurt. Great lens and I hope everyone takes the time to make strawberry jam at least once in their life....the taste just can't be beat!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      Oh, my mouth is watering! I miss the days when my mom used to make strawberry jam. I may have to give it a try now so my girls can appreciate the goodness too.

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      Oh, I love making applebutter. Yummy! I think applebutter and strawberry jam are my two favorites.... I usually make a strawberry topping to put over sugar cookies for valentines. It is so good.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      I have a prolific plum tree in the back yard. I make plum freezer jam and it is *wonderful* and easy too!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Wow, you're right, I've never made jam because I thought it would be really difficult. What you've describes sounds pretty easy; an that jam looks delicious!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Oh this looks so good!

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love strawberry jam...and homemade is the ultimate! When I get ambitious, I might just give this a try. Thanks!