Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Simple Strawberry Jam

Simple Strawberry Jam
2 quarts strawberries, crushed
6 cups sugar

Combine berries and sugar in a large sauce pot.

Bring slowly to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly until thick, about 40 minutes. As mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking.

Pour hot into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Adjust caps. Process 15 minutes in boiling water bath. Yield: about 4 pints.

Tip of the Week
Save the box that your jars came in to store your canned items and your empty jars as you use them. The boxes can easily be stack on top of one another.


  1. Oh Wow, I've never thought about making my own, we are huge p&j fans here, going to give it a go! Thanks :)

  2. It's so simple! Do try it out. I make lots and hand them out as gifts. So fun. It's great to heat up and pour on pancakes or as a quick strawberry short cake.

  3. Hi,

    Strawberry jam is my favorite and I have been the beneficiary of goodies from my friends' kitchens. I'd like to make it myself. May I ask you:
    1. Do you wash and dry the strawberries before crushing them?
    2. If you do, do you use paper towels or flour sack cotton cloth?
    3. When you process the jars in the boiling water, do you tighten the lid ring or just so?

    I look forward to your reply. Thank you for posting this tutorial.

    1. Hello!

      I wash the strawberries well but I do not worry about drying them. Just strain them well in a colander. I clean the top of the jar with a clean cloth, add the prepared lid and then screw the ring on just until I feel resistance. You do not want to tighten it too tight.

      Hope this helps! :-)