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Strawberry Jam Recipe

This is an easy 3-ingredient strawberry jam recipe. It is gluten-free, vegan, and pectin free. This jam recipe is worth bookmarking.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 250 gram
Calories: 4kcal
Author: Hina Gujral

Equipment

Ingredients

1 Cup = 250 ml

  • 2 Cup chopped strawberry (approx 500 gram)
  • 1 Cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • Wash the fresh strawberries. Remove the green top (crown). Wipe clean and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Make sure they are not wet or moist.
  • Next, finely chop the strawberries. Cut and discard the inner white part of the strawberries. This step of removing the white part is called 'Hulling Strawberries.' If there is no white part inside the strawberries, no need to hull them.
    aerial shot of chopped strawberries on a wooden board with a red knife on the side
  • Transfer chopped strawberries to a wide mixing bowl. Add granulated white sugar. Mix nicely. Cover and set aside for 20 - 30 minutes.
    side shot of chopped strawberry and sugar
  • After 20 - 30 minutes, sugar will be completely dissolved with the fruit and a pink color juice will be released. Do not rush this process.
    strawberry jam making process
  • Add lemon juice and mix nicely. Transfer the strawberries along with all the pink liquid to a saucepan. Turn on the stovetop heat to low.
  • Start cooking the jam. Stage 1, the jam will be watery, with big chunks of strawberry, and white foam on top. Keep cooking on low heat, while stirring at regular intervals.
    strawberry jam making process
  • Slowly, the white foam will start reducing, the texture of the jam would thicken a bit. Use a potato masher or a ladle to gently mash the strawberries. Keep stirring at regular intervals.
    strawberry jam making process
  • After 15 - 20 minutes on low heat, the white foam on top will disappear, strawberries mashed nicely, and the jam will start sticking to the spoon. Turn off the heat.
    strawberry jam making process
  • To check the consistency of the jam, spread a big tablespoon of strawberry jam on a metal plate. The strawberry jam should be thick, doesn't drop off easily, and will stick to the plate. Else continue to cook further.
    strawberry jam making process
  • Allow the strawberry jam to cool down completely at room temperature. Store the cooled strawberry jam in a clean, sterlisied glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
  • Serve strawberry jam immediately or store in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • You can use frozen strawberries as well for this jam recipe. Thaw them at room temperature before combining them with the sugar. 
  • Use fine granulated white sugar for this strawberry jam recipe. And not powdered sugar, icing sugar, or big crystals of sugar. 
  • Make sure to use an enamel coated ceramic or non stick saucepan for making the strawberry jam rather than the cast iron pan, aluminum, or any other reactive metal cookware.
  • Until and unless the white foam from the strawberry jam disappears keep cooking it. 
  • Do not add any water or strawberry juice/syrup while cooking the jam. The strawberries need to cook in their own natural juices and sugar. 

Nutrition

Calories: 4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg