Learn to make homemade strawberry jam! Get our easy recipe, learn to prepare delicious variations and download our free printable label to create a cute food gift! We use jam sugar to make the cooking process easier and share plenty of tips to create perfect preserves.
Enjoy this jam with scones and clotted cream, use it as a filling for cakes and sponge rolls, or stir a spoonful into fresh fruit salad. Because of its long shelf life, strawberry jam is also a great make-ahead gift. Read on to find out more about delicious flavor variations and don’t forget to download the free recipe and printable labels.
Tips for making homemade strawberry jam
Before you get cracking, read our tips so your jam making endeavor will be successful!
1) What strawberries should I use?
It’s best to use fresh strawberries that aren’t too ripe. Frozen strawberries won’t produce a strong flavor comparable to fresh ones.
2) What is jam sugar and why is it used?
Jam sugar (e.g. from Silver Spoon, Tate & Lyle) is granulated sugar that has pectin added to ensure fruit preserves set properly. The cooking time may vary depending on what brand of jam sugar you use, so check the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you don’t have access to jam sugar mix granulated sugar with pectin powder (e.g. from Ball, Special Ingredients, Sure-Jell) or liquid pectin (e.g. from Certo) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
3) Only work with clean sterilized tools
All tools needed to cook jam must be clean, including jars, cooking spoons and ladle, towels and your hands. You can sterilize the tools with hot water or in a dishwasher turned to the hottest setting.
4) Why are jams processed?
Pre-sterilizing the jars and processing jams in boiling water considerably extends their shelf life and minimizes the risk of mold spoilage and bacteria. Processing homemade jams and jellies is more common in the US than the UK, but it is a good practice at any rate.
Put a twist on the classic
The fruity-sweet taste of strawberries is a good starting point to create interesting flavour combinations. These variations are prepared in the exact same way as shown before. Simply adjust the quantity of the strawberries of the basic recipe and add the following ingredients. Here are our five favourites:
1) Strawberry & Champagne
To create this British classic, use 600 g fresh strawberries and 350 ml (1 1/2 cups) champagne.
2) Strawberry & Vanilla
Use 1 kg fresh strawberries and add the scrapes of 2 fresh vanilla beans or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste.
3) Strawberry & Rhubarb
Omit the lemon juice, and prepare the jam with 500g of each fresh strawberries and chopped rhubarb.
4) Strawberry & Rose Water
Create the jam with 1 kg fresh strawberries and 6 tbsp rose water.
5) Strawberry & Raspberry
Cook the jam with 500 g of each fresh strawberries and raspberries.
Shelf life & storage of homemade strawberry jam
Unopened, processed jars last for a year in a cool, dark place. Opened jam can be kept in the fridge for up to a month. Discard the jam if you find any signs of spoilage such as mold or fermentation.
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