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Strawberry Jam

Print Makes about 4 (240 mL) jars of jam

Strawberries, Ball® Jam Setting Mix with Pectin and sugar combine to create this homemade strawberry jam. Try out this recipe, then make it your own as you discover new twists to this favourite preserving recipes.

Level of Ease:


Preserving Method:

Waterbath Preserving

You Will Need:

  • 750 g Crushed Strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons Ball® Jam Setting Mix with Pectin
  • 660 g Granulated Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Butter, optional


1. PREPARE waterbath preserving pot or stockpot and jars as directed in the Getting Started section.

2. COMBINE crushed strawberries in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in Ball® Jam Setting Mix with Pectin. Add butter, if using. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, over high heat, stirring constantly. 

3. ADD entire measure of sugar, stirring to dissolve. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam, if necessary.

4. LADLE hot jam into hot jars, one at a time, leaving 0.65 cm headspace. Wipe rims. Centre lids on jars. Apply bands and adjust to fingertip tight.

5. PROCESS filled jars in boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove pot lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, cool and store up to 1 year.

Strawberry Jam Recipe Variations

Vanilla Strawberry Jam:  Add 1/4 a vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise, to the prepared strawberries.  Cook as directed and remove vanilla bean before ladling jam into jars. 

Strawberry Balsamic Jam: Add 1-1/2 tablespoons good-quality balsamic vinegar to the crushed strawberries.

Lemony Strawberry Jam: Add the grated zest 1/2 a large lemon to the prepared strawberries.

Strawberry Lavender Jam: Add 1-2 teaspoons finely chopped lavender leaves to prepared strawberries.

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