How to Make Strawberry Jam with Pectin-Free Ingredients

You probably love the natural combination of sweetness and sourness of a strawberry, then you should know how to make strawberry jam. Yes, you can make your own homemade tasty, healthy, and fresh jams from the fresh strawberries. If you have your own strawberry garden, consider yourself lucky! It means that you can make this recipe and you won’t run out of strawberry jam anymore. Not that those commercial strawberries are bad, but why buy it when you can make it? After all, fixing up the jam only takes a total of 20 minutes! How cool is that?

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Ingredients

  • 16 ounces of strawberry. You need to hull them and chop them coarsely
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Instructions

  1. By using a saucepan, add the lemon juice, sugar, and strawberries. Mix them together.
  2. Use the medium low heat to stir them. Don’t stop stirring until the sugar dissolves
  3. Raise the heat to medium high. Let the mixture to boil.
  4. You need to frequently stir the mixture. Mash the strawberries as you do so. Let it boil.
  5. You should see that the jam has thickened and you can find bubbles cover the surface completely. It takes around 10 minutes
  6. Your homemade jam is ready
  7. Remove the jam from the heat. Transfer it to a jar. Let it open so it will cool off within a room temperature
  8. Seal the jar and store it in the refrigerator. It will hold up to 10 days. You can freeze it if you want to

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Tips

  • If you have a candy thermometer, you can use it to know the exact temperature. When it is already 215 degrees Fahrenheit, then it is ready
  • This recipe will result in chunky texture. If you don’t like chunky jam, feel free to use the food processor before the cooking. The texture would be smoother.
  • There are tons of tasty ideas to use the jams. You can give them as gifts (whether it is during Christmas, holiday, or even birthdays). You can use the jam as fillers or toppings for homemade cupcakes, muffins, and donuts. Drizzling it over the ice cream or over vanilla (or even plain) yogurt is also a good idea. You can have it with the crusty bread that comes with cream cheese. Or you can set it on top of the waffles or pancakes – complete with the whipped cream!
  • The reason why you should use the lemon juice in this how to make strawberry jam method is because it is a natural source of pectin. Not only it prevents bacterial growth, but it will also make the jam set.
  • You can tweak with the amount of sugar, but you don’t want to add too much because it will be too sweet. The balance of the sourness and the sweetness would be ruined
  • You can freeze the jam but make sure to leave enough space (on the top) because the jam will expand a little when frozen.
  • The best idea is to use several jars to keep the jam so you can unthaw each one of them without having to worry that you damage the entire batch of jam

Now that you know how to make strawberry jam, you can start making your own!

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