Homemade Strawberry Jam

I MADE JAM!!! JAAAAAAAaAM! All by myself. And I thought it’d be super hard and it really wasn’t. So don’t stress, yo! It’s sweet and tart and sticky and delicious! Immediately made myself some tea and toast with jam to celebrate.

  • So my jam ended up turning out more like a sticky strawberry syrup. I think I needed to add some fruit pectin or cook it longer. I don’t mind the liquidness of it but I would suggest pectin if you’re a jam purist.
  • I used strawberries because that’s what I had but you can use any kind of berry for this recipe.
  • I sterilized my jars in an oven in this recipe. The more common way to do it is by boiling your jars and lids for about 25 minutes. I just didn’t want to mess around with hot slippery jars so I opted for the oven.
  • If you’re going to put it on some toast, do yourself a favor and get some high quality bread that gets nice and crispy. Makes the experience all the more enjoyable.
  • Shooby dooby les get into eet

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Makes ~2 pints


  • 1 1/2 pints strawberries
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • mason jars (to store)


  1. Prep da berries. Destem and place in a bowl to mash up with a fork or leave them halved for bigger fruit pieces.
  2. In a saucepan, add the sugar and the juice and zest of the lemon. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the strawberries and cook for 30 minutes. The strawberries should release their moisture and the jam should bubble slightly.

3. While the strawberries are cooking, preheat the oven to 175 F. Wash your glass jars with hot soapy water. Place your mason jars on a baking sheet and stick in the oven for 15-25 minutes to sterilize.

4. Once the jam cooks for 30 minutes, test to see if some of the juice gels on a cold plate (a pro tip from Food Networks Ina Garten herself). Pour the jam into the hot sterilized jars. Wait to cool completely before putting them in the fridge.


Serve on toast! An English muffin! A scone perhaps! I added mine to some overnight oats and had a fantastic morning. I hope you guys try it yourselves!

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