Old Fashioned Strawberry Preserves/Jam

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

A simple easy preserve recipe that may be successfuly frozen, I freeze large quantities in plastic containers when berry season come around, it makes a lovely spread for toast, scones or waffles --- this also works well using fresh blueberries or raspberries :) --- 2 cups of sugar will give you a very sweet taste if you prefer a preserve that is not too sweet then use 1-1/2 cups sugar or even a little less.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a bowl coarsley mash the strawberries using a potato masher or fork, then place into saucepan.
  2. Cook the strawberries over medium heat stirring until beginning to thicken (about 6 minutes).
  3. Reduce the heat to low, add in sugar and lemon juice.
  4. Increase the heat to medium and simmer gently until the mixture thickenes and mounds on the spoon (about 20 minutes) stirring frequently.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat cool just slightly, then place in refrigerator for rapid jelling.
  6. The preserves will thicken more while chilling and will keep for 1 week in refrigerator if tightly sealed (or after cooled completely the preserves may be frozen in plastic containers if desired).


Most Helpful

We are loving this jam!! My DD bought me two large containers of strawberries so I ended up with almost 12 cups of strawberries. The berries were tart so I added 4 cups of sugar and doubled the lemon juice to 4 tablespoons. Simmered for an hour or so then ladled into plastic bowls and covered. This jam does thicken as it cools and even more after being refrigerated. Homemade is so much better then store bought jam and this recipe is not hard at all to make. The strawberry flavor is wonderful and the lemon juice brightens everything up! Kitten thank you so very much for posting this recipe. :) Made and reviewed for Kittencal's Strawberry Tag Game.

lauralie41 July 19, 2010

Sinfully Delicious!!! Especially with 2 to 3 scoops of these lovely strawberries over a good slice of angel food cake and do not forget the sauce. What makes this strawberry recipe outstanding over others I have tried is the added lemon juice. It cuts into the sugary sweetness and draws out the true strawberry flavors. So glad you shared this. Thanks so much and 5 stars just isn't enough...

Midnite Baker June 14, 2010

This was so simple Carol and yummy, yummy, yummy. I haven't ventured much into the freezing/canning world and I will say if it's all this easy, well....The perfect amount of sweet/tart for my jam. I like this much better than using SureGel. Thanks ALOT!!

CoffeeB June 11, 2009

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