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. 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???

  2. 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!

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  4. 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!

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