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Simple Homemade Strawberry Jam

Made with 3 ingredients: strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice, this simple jam keeps the integrity of this summer fruit intact so all you taste is sweet strawberry deliciousness.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
soak2 hrs
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: condiment, extra
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berry jam, homemade jam, strawberry jam recipe
Servings: 1 pint
Calories: 821kcal
Author: Jen Pinkston


  • Glass jar or jars
  • Candy thermometer (optional)


  • 1 lb strawberries about 3 cups cut into chunks
  • ½ c sugar
  • c brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • Remove stems and cut strawberries into chunks. Place in a medium size bowl
  • Add sugars and lemon juice to strawberries and mix to cover strawberries. Allow to soak for at least 2 hours (I like to leave mine overnight).
  • When ready to cook jam, place a plate in the freezer (I’ll explain this step at the end).
  • Clean jar(s) and add hot water to them, set aside. This will prepare them for the jam and prevent glass breakage. 
  • Add strawberry mixture over a med-low heat to a deep, heavy bottom pot. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Increase to high and cook until you get a rolling boil. Stir occasionally.
  • Once at a rolling boil you will see foam form at the top. Continue to cook for about 15 minutes.
  • The foam should be mostly be boiled off at this point and it will start to look more like a gooey jam consistency. Continue to stir regularly. If using a thermometer, your jam should be very close to or at 220 degrees after about 15-20 minutes of cooking which means it is ready.
  • To ensure your jam is properly set, pull out the plate from your freezer and spread a small amount of the jam on the plate and put back in the freezer for 1 minute. Then remove and swipe your finger through the middle, if it stays separated, the jam is properly set (see image).
  • Discard warm water from jar(s) and carefully pour hot jam in. Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes on the counter and then seal with an airtight lid and place in the fridge. Use within 14 days.


Calories: 821kcal | Carbohydrates: 210g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 838mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 194g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 284mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 2mg