Homemade Strawberry Jam

We had our Keepers Meeting tonight and we made our very own homemade strawberry jam! Yum!


It was so easy, I thought I’d share the recipe with you all. This is NOT a canning recipe, I’ll cover more of that in a later post, but for this we put the jam in jars and then into the refrigerator. They should be good for about a month.

So don’t be afraid, YOU CAN DO IT! And the taste is WORTH it!


  • 4 pints of strawberries (cut off stems, wash & chop)
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 1 pkg fruit pectin (I used Ball Brand)


  • Potato masher
  • Large sauce pan
  • Glass Jars, seals and lids (Recipe makes about 8 cups, or 5 pint sized jars)
  • Metal Spoon
  • Measuring Cup

STEP 1: Put 5 cups of strawberries into large sauce pan and using potato masher, mash strawberries until pulpy (is that a word?). We left some chunks just ‘cuz we like it!


STEP 1.5: Make sure to sample the strawberries for freshness!


STEP 2: Stir in 1 pkg of fruit pectin into the strawberry mixture and place on stovetop. Bring to rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly! (DO NOT WALK AWAY, this will boil over quickly!)


STEP 3: Once mixture is boiling add in 7 cups sugar and return to full boil and boil for EXACTLY 1 minute and remove from heat.


STEP 4: Cool mixture slightly and pour into glass jars leaving at least 1/4” from the top. Put on lids and place in refrigerator.


STEP 5: Enjoy and give yourself a big high-five for being so cool!


  1. Simply beautiful! I am sure your children loved helping with this!!

  2. YUM-O!!! I can't wait to eat all these wonderful things again! As soon as my gestational diabetes goes away. Lord Willing I will be enjoying fruit again!!! T-minus 24 hours!!! 🙂

  3. From the Homeschool Crew here~ I love the look of your blog, and added myself to your (MANY) followers! LOLLove all your pictures.

  4. I have done something simliar with freezer jams!!Since I know you have SO much time, I was wondering if you could explain, give a tutorial, about the little squares on the side of your posts, with the dates???

  5. Great pix! I made this jelly for the first time this year after strawberry picking. It is so easy and tastes sooooo good. I've been telling everyone I can think of how easy it is to do the freezer jam, because I was so scared of "real" canning, I avoided it. Look what we've been missing…A friend gave me two pieces of advice: use EXACT amounts and cook the pectin longer rather than less, and it gels better. A few of my jars didn't set as well as others so we are using them as strawberry topping and flavoring for plain yogurt! We are going blueberry picking today and I am going to see what I can do with blueberries next!

  6. Hey! I just discovered your blog and I am having so much fun searching through all your resources. I bought the preschool curric. I am starting homeschool this year with my 3 & 5 year old kids. Thanks for all your great ideas!!

  7. How fun and yummy is that??? We do Contenders of the Faith with the boys. Dropping by for the blog walk this week. 🙂 I've already been enjoying you in my Google Reader. 🙂

  8. Yum! I may have to try this one! Stopping by as part of the TOS Crew Blog Walk.

  9. This looks like delicious jam! I stumbled onto your blog a while ago, and have absolutely loved it! You have so many printables, ideas, and practical advice. Your blog is a godsend to me! I wanted to share one thing that I thought would be helpful. Often, when you have a link, it will send me away from your page when I click on it. I know that there is a way that you can have a link open up a separate page, but I am not sure of how to do it. I really like exploring your blog, and think it would be so nice if clicking on links didn't send me away from the page!Enjoy the jam! I look forward to reading more of your great ideas!

  10. We love making strawberry freezer jam. It doesn't last long in this house though! Stopping by on the TOS Blogwalk.

  11. mamamia: Thanks, yes I try to have the links open a new page when I can, sometimes I forget! Sorry about that!

  12. Just stopping by on the TOS Blogwalk to start following you and to say "hello." I love your blog and will definitely be back to check out more of your great ideas!I think I will try this jam as well. I am intimidated by the whole canning process, but I think I could do this!

  13. Yummy ~ I love making strawberry jam ~ and blackberry jam! I should try to do that again this summer! =)

  14. Yummy ~ I love making strawberry jam ~ and blackberry jam! I should try to do that again this summer! =)

  15. Love homemade jam!!! Yummy! Will have to make some! Love your blog, and your ABC Curriculum, too, so I am giving the Sunshine Award to you and your blog on my blog. Have a nice week and happy homeschooling!Colleen:)

  16. Welcome on board the TOS Crew this year.I've got several pounds of berries and this looks like a winner of a recipe. Thanks for sharing.FM Laura

  17. Well, here I am surprised again by how small the internet really is! I am one of the writers on Totally Tots (Carissa-Get Real with God). I don't think I've actually met you or introduced myself to you! So glad to be "working" with you on the TOS Crew as well! much love,Carissa (Mrs. Taffy)

  18. Love it! YUMMY!

  19. looks simply delish!

  20. Looks so yummy!Would you believe we ate strawberries as fast as we could pick them this year? We had none left for preserves… but I did get some in the freezer to pull out this fall and winter!

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