How to make a strawberry jam?

Homemade strawberry jam is a delightful way to preserve the taste of summer. It’s simpler than you might think, and the result is always satisfyingly sweet and tangy. Here’s an easy-to-follow guide on making your own strawberry jam.


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


  • A large pot
  • A wooden spoon
  • Sterilized jars and lids

Step 1: Prep Your Strawberries

Wash your strawberries under cool water and then hull them. You can either leave them whole for a chunkier jam or cut them in half for a smoother texture.

Step 2: Maceration

Place the strawberries in a large bowl and sprinkle the sugar over them. Let them sit for a couple of hours, or even overnight. This process, known as maceration, helps draw out the natural juices of the strawberries, enhancing the flavor of your jam.

Step 3: Cook the Jam

Pour the strawberry and sugar mixture into a large pot. Add lemon juice, which helps in setting the jam and adds a nice tartness. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer. Keep stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

Step 4: Check the Jam’s Consistency

After about 20-30 minutes, start checking the consistency of your jam. Place a small amount on a cold plate; if it wrinkles when pushed with your finger, it’s ready.

Step 5: Jar Your Jam

Once the jam is ready, remove from heat. If you prefer a smoother texture, you can use an immersion blender at this point. Pour the hot jam into sterilized jars, leaving about 1/4 inch of space at the top. Wipe the rims clean, place the lids on, and tighten the bands.

Step 6: Seal and Store

To seal the jars, you can use a water bath canning method. Once sealed, store the jars in a cool, dark place. They should last for up to a year. Once opened, keep refrigerated and use within a month.


There you have it – your very own homemade strawberry jam! It’s perfect on toast, in desserts, or even as a sweet gift for friends and family. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and the sweet reminder of summer’s bounty.