Strawberry Jam

Easy Home Made, Pectin Free and Preservative Free Strawberry Jam made with fresh strawberries from Mahabaleshwar. Recipe also includes some very cool ideas to use the Jam other than on toasts!

Strawberry Jam

If you have been following me on Instagram, then you might be aware that last month, we took a short break and drove down to Mahabaleshwar (The Strawberry Capital of India), a quaint little hill station in Maharashtra. We absolutely gorged on these red beauties and came back home with boxes of fresh strawberries as well.

Fresh strawberries from Mahabaleshwar
Fresh strawberries from Mahabaleshwar

With fresh red strawberries stocked in the refrigerator, making a batch of strawberry jam was inevitable. My husband doesn’t eat store bought jams simply because he finds it too sweet and of course, you have the added preservatives, pectin and what not.

He simply asked me to make a small batch that would last for a month or so and he can enjoy smearing them on home made White Sandwich bread toast with flax and sesame seeds.

Growing up, thanks to my Catholic neighbours, eating Jam and Kadak Pao was one of my favourite ways of enjoying home made jam. Bake the Whole Wheat Ladi Pav Recipe and try this combo for sure, in case you haven’t already!

Honestly, I was apprehensive of using sugar for this recipe, even though I was using the Raw Sugar but since the strawberries were extremely sweet and juicy, I had to add a slightly less quantity than usual.

Tip – Taste test your strawberries and then add the sugar for best results.

This easy Home Made Strawberry Jam is made with just 3 ingredients, No Pectin and absolutely preservative free. Also this is a small batch jam recipe that you can absolutely double and make for a large family. This jam is freezer friendly. Stays fresh for a couple of months.

Strawberry Jam on a slice of home made bread
Jam on Lightly toasted bread – Bliss!

If you a couple like us and are wondering what to do besides eating Jam on Toast, here are some of the ideas which makes good use of the jam.

Cool Ideas using Strawberry Jam

  • Add a heaped tbsp to your milkshakes (especially with banana, apples, sapota or chickoo) and you don’t have to add any sugar. Bonus would be the fruit flavor!
  • Cheat’s Strawberry Shrikhand – My husband adores this version where I add a dollop of jam with hung curd. Add some chopped nuts or some strawberry slices (when in season) and enjoy it as a snack.
  • Make Strawberry Lassi – Add some jam to thick yogurt, whisk well and strawberry lassi is ready in minutes.

I am sure now you are excited about making a batch of this easy strawberry jam recipe, especially after reading all the cool ideas above.

Step by Step Strawberry Jam Recipe

(1) Soak your strawberries in water for 15 minutes. Drain the water, pat dry the strawberry to remove excess moisture and allow it to dry for atleast 15 – 20 minutes on a thick towel.

Fresh strawberries

(2) Cut the green leaf and the stem attached to the strawberry and add it to a mixer grinder jar.

How to make strawberry jam

(3) Puree the strawberries without adding any water. You can either puree the whole thing or keep it chunky, its entirely your choice!

strawberry puree

(4) Heat a thick bottom vessel, add the strawberry puree, sugar and lemon juice.

Adding sugar

(5) Keep the flame on low and keep stirring the mixture until it thickens and attains jam consistency.

Puree thickening with the sugar

(6) Switch off the flame, allow the jam to completely cool down before transferring to a clean and dry glass jar.

jam is almost ready

(7) Store it at room temperature for a week but I prefer it stored in refrigerator at all times since Mumbai is quite humid.

Recipe Notes

  • The shelf life is atleast 2 months but I have made a very small batch which should last me for about a month, considering all the recipe ideas that I have stated above.
  • Lemon Juice has natural pectin which acts as a preservative. Ensure you squeeze the juice separately into a bowl, before adding to the pan. (risk of seeds getting mixed with the jam)
  • You can use white / refined sugar to make this recipe. But always ensure you taste the strawberries before making jam. If you have a batch that is quite sour, you might have to add more sugar to cut the acidity.
Strawberry Jam Recipe

Strawberry Jam

Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe made with just 3 ingredients. Contains No Pectin, No Vinegar and No Preservatives. Made with fresh juicy strawberries from Mahabaleshwar.
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Course: accompaniments, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 ingredient strawberry jam, strawberry jam, strawberry jam without pectin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 800 gms Fresh Strawberries
  • 2 cups Sugar 1 cup is 80 ml measurement and Raw Sugar used
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice

Instructions

  • Soak your strawberries in water for 15 minutes. Drain the water, pat dry the strawberry to remove excess moisture and allow it to dry for atleast 15 – 20 minutes on a thick towel.
  • Cut the green leaf and the stem attached to the strawberry and add it to a mixer grinder jar.
  • Puree the strawberries without adding any water. You can either puree the whole thing or keep it chunky, its entirely your choice!
  • Heat a thick bottom vessel, add the strawberry puree, sugar and lemon juice.
  • Keep the flame on low and keep stirring the mixture until it thickens and attains jam consistency.
  • Switch off the flame, allow the jam to completely cool down before transferring to a clean and dry glass jar.
  • Store it at room temperature for a week but I prefer it stored in refrigerator at all times since Mumbai is quite humid.

Notes

  • The shelf life is atleast 2 months but I have made a very small batch which should last me for about a month, considering all the recipe ideas that I have stated above.
  • Lemon Juice has natural pectin which acts as a preservative. Ensure you squeeze the juice separately into a bowl, before adding to the pan. (risk of seeds getting mixed with the jam)
  • You can use white / refined sugar to make this recipe. But always ensure you taste the strawberries before making jam. If you have a batch that is quite sour, you might have to add more sugar to cut the acidity.

This Recipe was published in May 2017 when I started blogging and was one of my earliest recipes. With fresh strawberries from Mahabaleshwar, I thought of updating the post with fresh pictures and detailed step by step pics too.

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

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