Strawberry Jam (Pectin Added)

"This recipes is from the Ball Blue Book. The only thing I did differently is to add lemon zest. It's really refreshing, because the lemon zest/juice keeps it from being overly sweet. This is one of my favorite jams that I make each year."
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Ready In:
8 1/2 pints




  • Wash strawberries; drain.
  • Remove Stems.
  • Crush strawberries on layer at a time. (I use a potato masher for this.).
  • Combine strawberries, powdered pectin, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a large saucepot.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Return to a rolling boil.
  • Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat, and skim foam if necessary.
  • Ladle into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.
  • Adjust 2-piece caps. Process 10 minutes in a boiling water canner.

Questions & Replies

  1. If I’m using pectin, is it unnecessary to bring the rolling boil to 220 degrees? Is that just for jams/jellies made without pectin, to get to that heat? I’m very new at canning, so gotta ask these dire guys!
  2. What quantity of peptin is required for one kg of fruit pulp while making the jam? When to added peptin ?
  3. why do my strawberries rise to the top


  1. why does my strawberries rise to the top
  2. Strawberry taste was very good. Will cut the sugar by 2 cups next time. Even with the lemon it was much to sweet for us. So I will only use 5 cups sugar next time. I had to do the same with apple jam and butter. Guess I should feel blessed that the family doesn't like such sweet stuff. LOL Thank you for sharing and thank you everyone for the comments.
  3. I wanted a strawberry jam recipe with lemon juice b/c i enjoy a little tang to my sweet. I saw this one with lemon juice AND lemon zest and I'm So glad i tried it. It was super easy. I used the juice from two fresh lemons and zested both of them. I nuked my lemons in the microwave for about 30 seconds to juice better. I LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing
  4. OMG, the BEST strawberry jam EVER! I have had rave reviews on this one. I had to chop the zest by hand because I don't have a grater anymore, and I tried it in the food processor, but that didn't work. But it was worth the extra effort. I made this in April and got 7 half-pints exactly, and they are all gone now! I will be making more of this soon. Better make it two or three times before the strawberries become scarce! Thank you thank you thank you!!!
  5. Tried this recipe today with fresh strawberries from our co-op. Followed directions exactly but the jam seems to be too runny. I even did the cold plate in the freezer test, it worked so I thought it was ready. In the pot it did look very runny but I thought with the canning process it would firm up. Taste good, but not solidified for jam.


  1. Did not add lemon zest


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