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The Easiest of All Strawberry Jam Recipes (Only 3 Ingredients)

3 Ingredient Instant Pot Strawberry Jam is the easiest strawberry jam recipe ever! You don’t need pectin, cornstarch, artificial preservatives, or added color. And it is so much better than the store-bought version. You’ll never buy from a store again with this simple, scrumptious recipe. 1 min. video recipe

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Homemade strawberry Jam Recipe

This recipe was first published on April 1 2019 and has been updated May 2021 with with simplified instructions and frequently asked questions. 

Strawberry Jam Video Recipe

Better than Store-Bought Easy Strawberry Jam

When you buy jam at the store, you aren’t just buying preserved strawberries. You are also getting plenty of preservatives, artificial colors, and other ingredients necessary to preserve shelf life. Three ingredient strawberry jam contains strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice.


And it tastes just as good, actually better than store bought strawberry jam. One taste, and you will never go back to buying store bought jam again.

Why you'll love Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

To start, homemade strawberry jam is super easy to make! This especially true if you use the Instant Pot!


Also, this recipe only uses three ingredients. And none of them are preservatives, artificial colors, or any other artificial ingredient.


Finally, making it at home allows you to control how much sugar you use. We like using a small amount, but you can add more if you prefer a sweeter jam.

 

Ingredients for Easy Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

This is truly a 3 ingredient recipe. All you need is:

  • Strawberries - We prefer fresh, in-season strawberries, but you can also use frozen if you prefer.

  • Granulated sugar - For a low-carb, keto friendly version, you can use Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener.

  • Fresh lemon juice - You could also use orange juice since both are high in pectin to help thicken the jam.

 

strawberries on a plate

How Do You Make Strawberry Jam from Scratch in the Instant Pot

When you are ready to make this sweet strawberry jam, get out your Instant Pot and follow these directions.

First, thoroughly wash the strawberries. After they are washed, add them and sugar to the Instant Pot’s inner pot and give it a stir. Once mixed, allow them to marinate for at least an hour or until they are juicy looking.

When the strawberries are ready, add in the fresh lemon juice and mix well.

After the lemon juice is added, cover and lock the lid on the pot. Once the lid is in place, set it to cook on high pressure for 1 minute. When the timer beeps, allow the pressure to naturally release until the float valve drops. This takes about 15 minutes. Once the pin drops, unlock and remove the lid. 

When the lid is removed, use a  potato masher or blender to blend the jam until it reaches your desired consistency.
 

Once it is ready, press the Saute button and boil for 5 minutes or until the jam reaches your desired gel state.

 

When it has started to form a gel, skim off and discard any foam that has formed and ladle into hot, sterilized glass containers or jars, leaving ½" headspace, and then cover with their lids.
 

Finally, allow the jam to cool and then serve. Store remaining mixture in an airtight container with a tight fitting lid for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

 

How to make strawberry jam steps

 

Making Strawberry Jam on the Stove Top

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, no worries! You can still easily make this jam at home.

 

First, place a saucer in the freezer before starting the jam.
 

Place the strawberries and sugar in a bowl and marinate for 1 hour or until they are juicy looking.

 

Once the strawberries are ready, place the mixture into a saucepan and add the lemon juice to it.
 

Next, cook on low heat until the sugar completely dissolves.

 

Once the sugar has dissolved, turn up the heat to start bubbling the jam and bring it to boil. The sugar must be completely dissolved before increasing the heat, otherwise it will be difficult for the jam to set.
 

When it reaches a boil, keep it going for 5 to 10 minutes and then turn off the heat.
 

Once the jam starts to thicken, spoon a little bit onto one of the cold saucers. Leave for 30 seconds, then push it with your finger. If the jam wrinkles and doesn't flood to fill the gap, then it is ready.

 

Finally, keep cooking until it passes the wrinkle test, store the jam in an airtight container, and serve chilled.

Tips and Tricks for Making Strawberry Jam

When you are ready to make this simple strawberry jam recipe, follow these tips and tricks for added flavor and success.

  • For added flavor and texture, mix in chia seeds. Mix the seeds in after it has cooked but before it has cooled for best results.

  • Give your strawberries a bath in 1 part apple cider vinegar and 8 parts of water. The bath will help preserve the berries and helps remove any bacteria or other residue on the berries.

  • Use fresh, in-season strawberries for the tastiest results.

Is homemade jam better than store bought jam?

We love homemade jam for a few reasons.

First, we know what’s in it. There are no preservatives. And we don’t have to worry about any other added ingredients or colors.

Second, you can control how much sugar you put in without compromising texture or taste.

Third, making jam at home is cost effective. You can get the ingredients for less than it costs for many store bought jams.

Finally, once you master making jams at home, you can make a nearly endless variety of jams at home.

 

Thick Strawberry Jam

What's the best time of year to make strawberry jam?

The best time to make strawberry jam is definitely while they are in season from around April to August. Strawberries often go on sale this time of year, and in some cases, you may be able to get them at a local farm or farmers market.

Of course,  you can make it all year long since you should be able to find them in most grocery stores any time of year either in the fresh or frozen aisles. where you get strawberries. 

We love buying seasonal and local produce and using it in our recipes.

Can I use other fruits or frozen berries?

Yes, you can use frozen strawberries if you are making the jam off season. Just make sure to defrost the berries before you use them and then add 1 minute of cooking time. The rest of the recipe remains the same.
 

If you want to use other fruit, you can. Just note, it can change the cooking times because of the differences between fruits and berries. For best results, you should check out recipes about specific fruit jams, like our pineapple jam.

 

thick strawberry jam on a spoon

Can I freeze Homemade Strawberry Jam?

If you place it in a proper container for freezing, it can last for up to 1 year in the freezer. To use again, you can thaw it in the fridge. Once thawed, you should use it within 2 weeks.

How long does homemade strawberry jam last?

But if you are refrigerating it, it should last about two weeks. We often don’t need to worry about storing the jam since it is often eaten very quickly in our house. And we also like using different flavors like our pineapple jam.

Can you make this Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe without Sugar?

Though we haven’t tried this method for this recipe, you may have success using honey or monk fruit extract in this jam recipe. You may have to try different amounts to get the right consistency and flavor you are looking for.

How can I thicken jam without pectin?

We are not against adding pectic or cornstarch, but we can get the same results with natural ingredients. Citrus fruits are rich in pectin, so adding freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice does the trick to help thicken the jam. 

The other way you can thicken the jam is by boiling the juices until they reduce. Once it has boiled, add the jam to a jar and allow it to rest in the fridge. It will thicken as it cools.

 

Homemade strawberry Jam on a slice of bread

How do I can strawberry jam?

Ladle the hot jam into your hot sterilized glass jars leaving ½ inch of head-space and then seal the containers or jars. 

Once the jars are filled, lower them into a pot of boiling water. The water should cover the jars completely, so you will need to add more water if they are not covered completely.

Make sure to boil the jars for 10 minutes. 

Finally, carefully remove the jars and place on a folded towel. Allow the jars to cool for 12 hours.

How to Serve Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

Jam is such a simple, easy way to sweeten up a lot of your favorite foods. Here are some of our suggestions for serving this jam with:

  • on a slice of our no-knead ciabatta bread, bagel, or toast

  • Swirl it into our rice pudding

  • As a topping on your favorite baked goods, ice cream, or custard.

  • Scoop it on your favorite pancake or waffle recipes

  • Add to your yogurt bowl

  • As a fill it in homemade donuts

  • Layer in your cakes

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Homemade strawberry Jam on a slice of bread

Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe Without Pectin

Yield: 16 oz.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 minute
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 16 minutes

3 Ingredient Instant Pot Strawberry Jam is the easiest strawberry jam recipe ever! You don’t need pectin, cornstarch, artificial preservatives, or added color. And it is so much better than the store-bought version. You’ll never buy from a store again with this simple, scrumptious recipe. 

Ingredients

Instructions

Instant Pot Strawberry Jam


When you are ready to make this sweet strawberry jam, get out your Instant Pot and follow these directions.

First, thoroughly wash the strawberries. After they are washed, add them and sugar to the Instant Pot’s inner pot and give it a stir. Once mixed, allow them to marinate for at least an hour or until they are juicy looking.

When the strawberries are ready, add in the fresh lemon juice and mix well.

After the lemon juice is added, cover and lock the lid on the pot. Once the lid is in place, set it to cook on high pressure for 1 minute. When the timer beeps, allow the pressure to naturally release until the float valve drops. This takes about 15 minutes. Once the pin drops, unlock and remove the lid. 

When the lid is removed, use a  potato masher or blender to blend the jam until it reaches your desired consistency. 

Once it is ready, press the Saute button and boil for 5 minutes or until the jam reaches your desired gel state.

When it has started to form a gel, skim off and discard any foam that has formed and ladle into hot, sterilized glass containers or jars, leaving ½" headspace, and then cover with their lids. 

Finally, allow the jam to cool and then serve. Store remaining mixture in an airtight container with a tight fitting lid for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

How to make on the stove top

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, no worries! You can still easily make this jam at home.

First, place a saucer in the freezer before starting the jam. 

Place the strawberries and sugar in a bowl and marinate for 1 hour or until they are juicy looking.

Once the strawberries are ready, place the mixture into a saucepan and add the lemon juice to it. 

Next, cook on low heat until the sugar completely dissolves.

Once the sugar has dissolved, turn up the heat to start bubbling the jam and bring it to boil. The sugar must be completely dissolved before increasing the heat, otherwise it will be difficult for the jam to set. 

When it reaches a boil, keep it going for 5 to 10 minutes and then turn off the heat. 

Once the jam starts to thicken, spoon a little bit onto one of the cold saucers. Leave for 30 seconds, then push it with your finger. If the jam wrinkles and doesn't flood to fill the gap, then it is ready.

Finally, keep cooking until it passes the wrinkle test, store the jam in an airtight container, and serve chilled.

Notes

When you are ready to make this simple jam, follow these tips and tricks for added flavor and success.

  • For added flavor and texture, mix in chia seeds. Mix the seeds in after it has cooked but before it has cooled for best results.
  • Give your strawberries a bath in 1 part apple cider vinegar and 8 parts of water. The bath will help preserve the berries and helps remove any bacteria or other residue on the berries.
  • Use fresh, in-season strawberries for the tastiest results.
  • I modified Martha Stewart's recipe to make this in IP.
Nutrition Information
Yield 16 oz. Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 44Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 0g

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