Old Fashioned Strawberry Jam

yield: 6 JARS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 40 MINUTES

inactive time: 30 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR 25 MINUTES

This delicious Strawberry Jam is made following a simple Old Fashioned recipe with only 3 ingredients and no added pectin. Makes 6 250ml (8 fl oz) jars.

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5 cups (1.25kg) Sugar
1.5 kg (3lb) Strawberries
1/2 cup (125ml/4 fl oz) Lemon Juice


Place 2 saucers in the freezer

Prepare jars for sterilization by washing in warm soapy water and rinsing well.

Wash, hull and halve the strawberries.

In a large non-reactive pan add all ingredients.

Warm gently without boiling and stir carefully with a wooden spoon to combine - Avoid breaking up fruit.

Increase the heat and without boiling, continue to stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Boil without stirring for 20 minutes.

Sterilize jars in oven (120C for 30 minutes)

Start to test for setting point - take mixture off heat and spoon a small amount of mixture onto chilled saucer, return to freezer for 30 seconds then draw your finger through the mixture. When the mixture has reached setting point it should leave a trail clean trail on the plate and not flood back over.

If setting point not reached cook for another 5 min and repeat. It could take up to 40 minutes to reach setting point.

When you are happy setting point has been reached, remove from heat and rest for 5 minutes.

Remove any scum or froth that forms on the surface.

Pour in to hot sterilized jars, seal and label.


How to sterilize jam jars
Wash jars and lids in warm soapy water and rinse well.
Place on tray (it’s ok if they are still wet) and into a cold oven.
Heat oven to 120C for at least 30min
Fill and seal whist jars are still hot


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