Cooking Strawberry Jam: How to Make Your Own Jam

For many, strawberry jam is part of a successful breakfast. If you want to do without pesticides and a lot of sugar, simply cook strawberry jam yourself. It’s very easy.

  • Strawberry jam is a popular breakfast classic. However, many strawberry jams from supermarket contain pesticides and a lot of sugar.
  • Strawberry jam from your own kitchen is therefore a good alternative.
  • To cook strawberry jam, all you need in the basic recipe are strawberries, preserving sugar, and an organic lemon.

Red, fruity, sweet – strawberry jam tastes delicious and spices up breakfast rolls or muesli. The selection of the popular jam is therefore large. However, some strawberry jams in the test showed pesticides and too much sugar.

Cooking strawberry jam – the ingredients

For about four jars of jam you will need:

  • 1 kg of strawberries
  • 500g 2:1 preserving sugar
  • half an organic lemon
  • 4 mason jars

When buying strawberries, look for organic quality. Incidentally, the homemade jam is also suitable as a small gift for the next invitation to coffee or for your colleagues’ birthdays.

The recipe: make your own strawberry jam

Step 1: Disinfect glasses and cut fruit

You should sterilize the jars so that the jam does not mold later in the jars. To do this, boil the jars and lids in boiling water and allow them to air dry.
Now wash the strawberries, remove the stalks, and cut the fruit into small pieces.

Step 2: cook jam

Place the strawberry pieces in a saucepan and add the juice of half an organic lemon. Make sure that no lemon seeds end up in the strawberry mixture.
Boil the strawberries until soft. If you don’t want any pieces in the jam, then puree the strawberry mixture with a hand blender.

Step 3: Add jam sugar

Now add the preserving sugar to the mixture and briefly boil it again.
If the mixture starts bubbling, let it cook for another 3 minutes, stirring to avoid burning.

Step 4: Fill jam

Now pour the cooked jam into the prepared jars.
Then turn the jars upside down for a few minutes to seal them better.
If you like, you can decorate the finished glasses with a label and a bow. It is best to note the preserving date on the lid. If you want to give away the homemade jam, name tags are a nice idea.

Tip: If you want more variety at the breakfast table, you can add more fruit to the jam recipe. For example, try strawberry rhubarb jam or strawberry raspberry jam. You can choose to add more strawberries, rhubarb, or raspberries as you wish. Just make sure that you boil up a total of 1 kg of fruit with 500 g of preserving sugar.

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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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