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Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam

 Another day…another strawberry recipe!!   I love summer!!  As I start thinking about going back to school and getting lessons together, I am always reminded about how much my students LOVE jam.  Sometimes I think that they come up with recipes just so they can smother it with jam.  When I teach them about preserving food we make no pectin strawberry jam which is always a huge hit.  Students bring in jars from home so that they can take it to share with their families.  Keep scrolling to see how you can make it for your family too.
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The question I always at school is…what is the difference between jam and jelly?  Honestly, before I was a culinary teacher I didn’t really know myself. 

Jelly contains fruit that comes in the form of juice and with jam it is actual crushed fruit.  For this jam we are going to start with fresh strawberries but raspberries or blackberries would work well too. 

We are not going to use any pectin, just some sugar and lemon juice.  The lemon juice is optional but I highly recommend it.  The acidity helps balance the sweetness and gives you a great berry flavor.

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Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

How to Make No Pectin Strawberry Jam

Begin by hulling the strawberries or removing the green leafy top.

Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

Then cut the berries down into pieces.  If you are using a food processor then they don’t have to be small.  

If you decide to do this part by hand, it might be easier to dice them up and put them into a bowl.

Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

Pulse them in the food processor until you have super small bits of strawberries.  It is nice to get them broke down a before adding them to the saucepan

If you do not have a food processor and then just use a potato masher {and some muscle} and it works well.

Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam featured by top US food blogger, Practically HomemadePour the chopped strawberries into a large saucepan.  It is important to choose a pan that is large enough because the mixture will bubble up and need room to rise.

Add the sugar and lemon juice to your strawberries and slowly bring the mixture to a boil. 

Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

Continue to boil for about 8 minutes or until the jam begins to thicken. 

Don’t worry if it looks like this…

Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

Before you get to this…

Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

I left the seeds in the jam.  But if you and your family don’t want them, you can pour the mixture through a fine strainer {like I did with this Watermelon Limeade}.

Ladle or pour the mixture into containers {I like using jars}, leaving about a 1/2 inch of space at the top and let cool completely.  Leaving space {head space} at the top of the jar allows for the jam to expand as it freezes.

Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

I love to give this jam as a gift to friends and neighbors.  In fact, to be completely honest, the last few times I have made this Strawberry Jam…it was gone so fast…I didn’t even get a chance to freeze it.

How Long does Freezer Jam last in the Freezer?

Freezer jam can last up to 1 year in the freezer.  Isn’t that AWESOME!  Being able to make something ahead of time and eat on it all year long is so rewarding.

The shelf life in the refrigerator however, is anywhere between 1 and 2 weeks.  So be sure to only keep what you think you will use thawed.

Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

It is exceptionally delicious on an English Muffin!!  If you have ever wanted to make jam before but didn’t want to start a huge project then this is the recipe for you. 

I love it because it is manageable and my family loves it because it is so tasty.

Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

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Quick and Easy No Pectin Strawberry Jam featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

Quick No Pectin Strawberry Jam

Strawberry freezer jam made in less than 30 minutes and with only 3 ingredients.
Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 small containers
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Ingredients

  • 3 1/2-4 cups strawberries
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Instructions

  • Hull {or remove green top} and finely chop strawberries.  Put all of the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice into a large sauce pan.  Slowly bring the mixture to a boil and continue to boil for 8 minutes or until the jam is thickened.  Ladel jam into containers and cool completely.  If you are freezing be sure to leave room at the top of the container for the jam to expand as it freezes {head space}.  Refrigerate or freeze.

Notes

  • ┬áJam will freeze well for 3 months and refrigerates for up to 3 weeks.
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