Quick and Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe

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How to make freezer jam in minutes with a quick and easy, no-cook strawberry jam recipe that uses simple ingredients. Why buy store bought when you can make your own delicious jam filled with delicious berry chunks?

jar of strawberry jam made with fresh strawberries

Mmmm, one of the main reasons I love spring is because it’s the beginning of a long and hopefully very productive berry season, starting with strawberries. Our favorite strawberry pie and strawberry jam recipe in mind, we go strawberry picking every May, filled with the notion of making plenty of freezer jam to last the whole year long.

Of course, after strawberries come blueberries, then blackberries, then peaches, then apples… And I know peaches and apples aren’t berries; but peach jam is delicious, blackberry jam is amazing, apple jelly is so easy to make, and apple butter is another one of our favorites.

The last few years we’ve used a different brand of pectin than what we used before.

Ball RealFruit Instant Pectin for fresh homemade strawberry freezer jam

I really like using Ball RealFruit Instant Pectin because it calls for way less sugar, and I also love that I don’t have to cook a thing.

Simply mix the ingredients together, and you’ve got a whole batch of jam. Don’t worry, I’ll walk you through the whole thing… It’s quick, painless, and so easy.

Your reward at the end will be about 8 jelly jars full of the most delicious no cook strawberry freezer jam ever. Let’s make some jam, shall we?

Tips for how to prep strawberries for this strawberry jam recipe:

You’ll likely need 3 to 4 quarts of berries for 8 jars of jam. Here’s how to get them ready…

  • First, wash and dry the berries. I like to soak mine in a vinegar water solution for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse well.
  • Then just pat the berries dry with a towel.
  • Next use a paring knife to stem the berries.
stemming strawberries with a paring knife for easy strawberry freezer jam
  • Slice the berries in half, lengthwise.
slicing strawberries in half for easy strawberry freezer jam
crushing strawberries with a potato masher for a quick and easy strawberry jam recipe

When you’re done, you’ll be ready to mix up a quick batch of freezer jam.

Tips for how to make strawberry jam, the quick and easy way:

According to the Pectin Calculator, this recipe should really only make 6 jars of jam. I consistently get 8 jelly jars and call it a win.

First of all, prep your jars, as well as the lids and bands. Make sure everything is clean and dry.

You’ll need to stir together the sugar and pectin in a large mixing bowl.

Then add the crushed berries to your sugar/pectin mixture; stir together for a good 3 to 4 minutes, just to make sure everything’s dissolved and mixed up well.

mixing together sugar, pectin, and crushed strawberries for freezer jam

Using a jar funnel, pour the jam into each prepared jar… You can use a ladle, or I like to use a really small liquid measuring cup to dip and pour. It makes the process so easy and less messy.

pouring strawberry freezer jam in jelly jars using a jar funnel

Be sure to leave about a 1/2-inch gap at the top of each jar to allow for expansion in the freezer. Wipe the top of each jar with a wet towel or rag, place the lid on, and tighten the band.

placing lids and bands on jars of fresh strawberry jam

Let the jars stand for about 30 minutes, then either refrigerate or freeze. Ball says the jam keeps up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator and up to 1 year in the freezer. 

how to make strawberry jam in minutes, jars of fresh homemade freezer jam

Before you put your jam in the freezer, be sure to write what it is and the year on the lid, so you know when you made it.

And that’s really all there is to it. So simple and easy, and it tastes so good on biscuits, toast, butterhorn rolls, chocolate chip pancakes, and especially easy homemade vanilla ice cream!

I even use this strawberry jam at Christmas time for my reindeer thumbprint cookies. It makes the brightest red nose for Rudolph.

homemade strawberry jam on toast

More jam and jelly and sauce recipes you may enjoy:

Blackberry Jam without Pectin

Apple Jelly without Pectin

Strawberry Sauce

Raspberry Sauce

Instant Pot Apple Butter

More strawberry treats you may want to make:

Old-Fashioned Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Shortcake with Grandma’s Biscuits

Pie – Strawberry Cream Pie or Easiest Strawberry Pie Ever

Chocolate Strawberry Tarts

Strawberry Blackberry Muffins

no cook strawberry jam recipe that's quick and easy to make, jam in a jar with a small wooden spoon

Kitchen tools you may need to make strawberry freezer jam:

Paring Knife – to stem the berries and slice them in half.

Large Mixing Bowl – You’ll need a large bowl to mix up your jam. Of course, I also love my handled bowl for slicing and crushing the berries.

Potato Masher or Blender – to crush the berries.

8-ounce Jelly Jars – You can use smaller jars or even pint jars. I’ve found these jelly jars are just the right size for us with the amount of jam we eat in a 3-week period. If you already have jars, you may need new lids or a pack of lids and bands.

Jar Funnel – This helps to pour the jam into the jars without making a huge mess.

Ladle or Liquid Measuring Cup – to pour the jam into the jars.

Sharpie or Jar Labels – so you can label your jars and know what it is and when you made this batch of freezer jam.

Yield: 8 jars

Quick and Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe

Quick and Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe

How to make freezer jam in minutes with a quick and easy, no-cook strawberry jam recipe that uses simple ingredients. Why buy store bought when you can make your own delicious jam filled with delicious berry chunks?

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 cups crushed strawberries
  • 6 tablespoons Ball RealFruit Instant Pectin
  • 2 cups pure cane sugar

Instructions

  1. Wash the strawberries. 
  2. Pat the berries dry with a towel.
  3. Stem the berries.
  4. Slice the berries in half, lengthwise.
  5. Once your bowl is full, crush the berries with a potato masher; or you can puree them with a blender.
  6. Prep your jars, as well as the lids and bands. Make sure everything is clean and dry.
  7. Stir together the sugar and pectin in a large mixing bowl.
  8. Add the crushed berries to your sugar/pectin mixture; stir together for a good 3 to 4 minutes, just to make sure everything's dissolved and mixed up well.
  9. Using a jar funnel and either a ladle or small liquid measuring cup, pour the jam into each prepared jar. Be sure to leave about a 1/2-inch gap at the top of each jar to allow expansion in the freezer.
  10. Let the jars stand for about 30 minutes, then either refrigerate or freeze. Ball says the jam keeps up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator and up to 1 year in the freezer.

Notes

Recipe based on Ball's Pectin Calculator.

Quick and Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe
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