Strawberry Jam Recipe To Make In Your Kitchen

Strawberry Jam Recipe To Make In Your Kitchen

I have tried other Strawberry Jam recipes in the past but I always return to the easiest one I have ever made because it really does taste the best. I learned to make this easy strawberry jam way back in my middle school years from a Better Homes and Garden cookbook that I was required to have for Home Economics class. It just goes to show that sometimes it is just better to stay with the simple and tried and true recipes that have been handed down from generations. And if this is going to be your first adventure in canning and making a jam then try the easy recipe first. Once you have the hang of it, you can get a little fancier if you want.

strawberry jam supplies

supplies for making strawberry jam

What you will need to make your Strawberry Jam

Preparing the jam:

Wash your strawberries and remove the stems, slice them lengthwise or quarter the larger ones. Place 4 cups of the berries in a large saucepan and add 1 cup of the sugar. Mix it carefully and let it stand for 15 minutes.

Now add your remaining sugar, mixing it well. Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil and boil hard for a full minute. Stirring constantly.

Remove from the heat and stir in the pectin. For 5 minutes alternate from stirring and skimming the foam off. (This prevents fruit from rising to the top or floating.)

Ladle into hot scalded jars and seal at once. There is no need to do the hot water bath because your jars were already hot. Store in the pantry until you are ready to use. Refrigerate any opened jars of jam.

strawberry jam

My latest batch of strawberry jam

About jelly, jam and preserves

Jellies are made from fruit juice with no whole or partial fruits in them. They are smooth and clear. A marmalade is a jelly that has tiny bits of fruits added to it.

Jams are made from the pulp of a fruit or crushed fruit. They will not be as firm as a jelly but will have a nice bit of pulp and texture to them. A conserve is a jam that has two or more types of fruit and nuts or raisins.

Preserves have chunks of fruit in a syrup or jam. They are a thick spread with pieces of the fruit visible in the mixture.

I think if we get technical on this recipe it is more of a preserves than a jam because the cooking process gives some pulp but there are some nice chunks that remain of the berries, too. We love putting it on toast but have also been known to put some on ice cream from time to time. So, you can call it Strawberry jam or Strawberry preserves but I think what you will mostly call it is delicious! Give it a try and come back and let me know if you liked it or not.