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This strawberry jam is the best! Sweet and smooth, this homemade jam is made with whole strawberries, lemon juice, and pectin for a yummy low sugar jam you can add to toast, biscuits, cookies, cake, and much more.
It’s not summer until we’ve been strawberry picking.
Growing up, we went strawberry picking every Mother’s Day. The official start of summer in my mind; ditching the cooler days of Spring for shorts, sun, and all-you-can-eat strawberry fields. For my first Mother’s Day this year, all I wanted to do was go strawberry with Van. Sadly, because of this crazy weather, the berries weren’t quite ready yet. So we took a rain check a few weeks later.
The idea was much better in my mind. Van lasted all of ten minutes until my mom had to take him back to the farm store while I finished collecting all the berries I could. It’s alright babe, we’ll try again next year.
What to do with all of these berries? The possibilities are endless. I think I ate 5 cups of fresh sliced strawberries the moment we got home. Still warm from the sun, these are the berries I wait all year for.
Strawberry jam feels like the gift that keeps on giving. We made two batches of this recipe, allowing me to stockpile jars of homemade jam for effortless gift-giving and thank you’s. Neighbors who took our trashcans in while we were gone? A jar of jam for you. A friend who picked up Van while I was running late from a meeting? Two jars of jam! Strawberry jam is really good currency.
Since having kids, I’ve become more conscious on how much sugar and salt we’re consuming. Therefore, it was a no-brainer that this jam would be lower in sugar than traditional recipes.
Spoiler alert- you can’t tell. It’s not as cloyingly sweet as some jams can be, but who wants that anyway? This jam tastes like summer! I swear I can still taste the sun-kissed strawberries straight from the garden in every bite.
If you want your homemade jam to be thick, then you will want to use pectin! Without pectin, your strawberry jam will be cooking for a very long time until it sets.
Strawberries: I crushed up whole strawberries for this jam so it would be smooth and easily spreadable. You can use either fresh or frozen strawberries that have been thawed.
Pectin: To keep this recipe low in sugar, be sure use to find pectin specifically for low-sugar canning. It can be harder to find at some grocery stores, but you can purchase online.
Sugar: White granulated sugar is needed for this recipe for best success. If you use alternative sweeteners, the final jam may not thicken the same.
Have you canned before? Years ago when we lived in our first apartment in Sacramento, I thought I was going to be one of those people who canned everything. We were living in the middle of salad bowl, with fresh grown produce of every variety on literally every corner. Why not learn to can?
That lasted all of two months, but long enough for me to buy a few tools. A giant stock pan for holding a dozen mason jars, a funnel for easy filling and a magnet for placing the lid on top. Though, you really don’t need any of this. A funnel will make things easier, but you can do without. You will need a large enough pan to place the jars in, mason jars and that’s it!
You can find low-sugar pectin in most grocery stores, or online. The regular pectin won’t work, so make sure you find the low-sugar one.
The lemon juice allows the pectin to set quicker and also neutralizes the flavor of the jam.
If you cook the jam too long, then it will form into a solid rather than soft jam.
If you are not immediately opening the jars, then the jam will last in a cool dry place for up to a year or two. If not canning, you can store homemade strawberry jam for a year in the freezer in an airtight container!
Yes, the jam will thicken as it cools. Be patient!
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
This healthy strawberry jam is the best! Perfect and subtly sweet, this freezer-friendly recipe is so easy to make and tastes delicious with almost anything! You will love this strawberry jam made with lemon juice, pectin, and just a little bit of sugar!
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