I love strawberry jam! In fact, I love to buy some fancy looking jam from Home Sense every so often and indulge in a PB+J sandwich from time to time. But since Gursheel and I love making things from scratch, I started researching strawberry jam recipes. I read recipes using pectins, recipes using butter and recipes for all types of fruit. So, upon researching, I decided on a recipe and tested it out and it worked beautifully on my first attempt. So, I decided to make mini jam jars and write up a blog post with this strawberry jam recipe to share with you all. I am no longer going to purchase jam from the stores since I know how easy and affordable it is to make it yourself at home!
Ingredients – Strawberry Jam Recipe
2 packs of strawberries
2 cups of sugar
1 tbsp vegan butter
Directions – Strawberry Jam Recipe
First, wash and dry all the strawberries. Then start removing the stems. Since we are using 2 packs of strawberries for this recipe, this step is the longest.
Now, if you prefer chunkier jam, then cut up larger chunks of the strawberries, but if you prefer not so chunky jam (like me), cut the strawberry up in small pieces.
Next, add in the 2 cups of sugar. Yes, I know it is a lot, but it is what makes the jam taste sweet. Also, you’re only using less than a tablespoon of jam on your piece of bread and eating it fairly infrequently. Mix in the sugar with the strawberries, cover and let sit for at least 2 hours. You will notice after the 2 hour mark that most of the sugar is already dissolved. By doing this, you will save on some of the cooking time as this helps the strawberries break down a bit.
Now put the sugary strawberries into a pot and bring to a boil. Once they start to boil, add in the vegan butter and the juice of half a lemon. Continue to boil the strawberries for at least 25 minutes. I found this the right time for everything to come together and look like jam.
Let the strawberry jam cool to room temperature before putting into your glass jars. We had these cute mini glass jars that I thought would make cute little gifts as well. All I did was boil some water, and poured it into the jars to sterilize.
I then poured out the water and poured in the strawberry jam into each of the mini jars. I locked the jars tight and placed them into my fridge. An open jar of jam should last a few months, and the unopened ones will definitely last a lot longer!
I’ve used this strawberry jam recipe to make strawberry jam a couple of times now and used the jam on bread as well as energy balls. It tastes just like those specialty jams I like to buy, except, I made it and it was so affordable and quick to make myself! And if you use these cute mini jars like I did, just add a bit of cute washi tape and glue on some pretty fabric on the lid, and you got yourself the perfect little gift for anyone in your life! Or even for a bridal shower! (check out these posts for great bridal shower favors). Chocolate bars and DIY Sprinkle Favours!
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