The Best Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe

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There’s something undeniably charming about homemade jam. It’s like bottling up the essence of summer, ready to be enjoyed all year round. Strawberry jam is a classic favorite. Here’s a straightforward recipe to create your own homemade strawberry jam, perfect for spreading on toast, swirling into yogurt, or dolloping on pancakes.


  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  1. Rinse and hull strawberries, cutting large ones in half for even cooking. 
  2. Mash them in a pot for a chunky texture, then add sugar and lemon juice. The lemon juice sets the jam by reacting with the pectin. 
  3. Boil the mixture, stirring to prevent sticking, then simmer for 20-25 minutes until thickened.
  4. Meanwhile, sterilize jars and lids by boiling or in a hot dishwasher cycle. 
  5. Ladle the jam into jars, leaving a 1/4 inch of space at the top, and secure the lids. 
  6. For a good seal, process jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes, though you can skip this if you’re not planning to store the jam for a long time. 
  7. Let the jars cool, checking the seal by pressing the lid—it shouldn’t pop back. 
  8. Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year, refrigerating after opening.