Simple 2 Ingredient Strawberry Jam from Scratch
Do you need a perfect strawberry jam recipe? This one is it! All you need for this are two ingredients – strawberries and sugar. This homemade jam is sweet, saucy, and so darn delicious.
You guys, this strawberry jam is everything. I love it. My kids love it. Everyone who has tried it, loves it. It’s an easy recipe that gets so much rave, as it rightfully should.
The other day I was thinking about the foods you find at fairs and carnivals. Because that’s a reasonably logical thing to think about from time to time. So, I started to think about those warm, delicious funnel cakes topped with that juicy, sweet, bright red strawberry jam and that beautiful dusting of powdered sugar. I could taste that slightly sticky, slightly runny sauce with those mouthfuls of whole strawberries. I knew I had to have some of that delicious strawberry jam. So, I made it!
Oh yes. I’m a go-getter. Especially when it comes to all things that go in my stomach. Sorry, not sorry.
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Versatility is key when making homemade recipes:
If you want to use a sugar alternative, you’re in the green zone (go ahead)! Less sugar? Go for it. Sometimes recipes will have too much sugar and I like to add a tad bit less than required. Fresh lemon juice can make a tasty addition. A sprinkle of chia seeds on top when you’re done is great. A sugar-free jam with maple syrup, agave, or honey are great alternatives. As long as you have strawberries, the wonderful strawberry flavor won’t go anywhere.
What can you use fresh fruit jam for?
This fresh strawberry jam is perfect for topping your funnel cakes. Or your ice creams. Or brownies. It’s a great base for strawberry shortcakes. It’s a wonderful addition to yogurt. It makes a good pie filling. You can do just about anything with this simple strawberry jam. Well, maybe not everything. But it is a very versatile jam and pairs well with so many things.
To make this tasty jam, you’ll want to remember:
Boil, remove the foam, cool down. Repeat.
You’ll simmer your strawberries with sugar for about 2-4 hours until you see the juices running. Then you’ll bring it to a boil, remove the foam, and let it cool for 5 minutes. Bring it back to a boil, remove the foam again, and let cool for another 5 minutes. You do this process 3 times – this helps ensure your berries will hold their shape. Voila! You’ve got some delicious strawberry jam at home. Strawberry recipes always fill my summer. In my opinion, this is the perfect recipe. With the perfect jam consistency it creates and the simple glass mason jar presentation, It’s pure perfection for me.
So go ahead. Make those funnel cakes. Have that ice cream sundae. Enjoy some strawberry freezer jam in the summer over morning toast. Make those treats a little more special with this delicious homemade strawberry jam!
Here’s some equipment you’ll be needing for this small batch strawberry jam recipe:
- half-pint jars (glass jars)
- medium sized pot
- a wooden spoon
When preparing the jars, I like to boil my jars and the lids so that they’re fully clean before I use them. For that, I use a separate pot with water.. I bring it to a full boil, place jars in, boil for a minute, then take them out. After that, I place lids into the pot and boil them for a minute as well. Don’t forget to dry them and let the hot jars cool. Once you’ve prepared the easy strawberry jam recipe and filled them, don’t forget to wipe jar rims so that you can put on a clean lid and have no spillage from your clean jar. A jar with a good jam on the outside attracts ants. You can store them in a cool, dark place if you don’t plan on freezing them.
What do I need to make this recipe?
Other easy recipes to make:
A Quick and Homemade Avocado Dip with Citrus Flavors (Guacamole) is perfect to have with chips.
This Creamy Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli Soup is a tasty comfort food dish.
Simple 2 Ingredient Strawberry Jam from Scratch
- Wooden spoon
- Glass jars
- 2 lb fresh strawberries, washed, greens cut off
- 4 cups sugar, or to taste
- First, wash 2 pounds of fresh strawberries, then cut off the green leaves. (important to wash strawberries before taking the leaves off).
- Place the strawberries into a large pot. Pour 4 cups of sugar on top of the strawberries and let it stand for 2-4 hours, or until you start to see juice.
- Bring the strawberries to a boil, and let it boil for 5 minutes. Take the foam off. After 5 minutes of boiling take off from the heat and set aside to cool down, for about 10 hours.
- Boil the strawberries again for 5 minutes, take the foam off and let cool down for another 10 hours.
- Boil the strawberries one more time, let it cool down for 1 hour before placing into jars. Keep jars in a cool and dark area.
- The reason you boil for 5 minutes and let it cool down three times is so the strawberries keep their shape. If you like your jam less runny, boil the strawberries longer. Enjoy!