Feature: Clara Learns How To Make Strawberry Jam

Nothing says summer quite like the pop of fresh red strawberries. They’re bright and fragrant and often smeared on my toddler’s face when we pick them at our local orchard. They’re begging to be eaten and are the perfect ingredient for a homemade jam. Making it now lets me have that memorable and sweet taste in the dead of winter when freshly-picked strawberries (and summer) are a distant memory. I use a timeless Ball® recipe because it’s easy and only has three ingredients: strawberries, sugar and pectin. You can add a very small amount of a fourth ingredient, butter, to make boiling the fruit a little easier, but it’s not necessary – just a little trick of the trade. So grab your toddler, sunhat and berry box! Set out for the orchard to gather those sweet summer strawberries then head home to prep with your little one and make classic homemade jam. StrawberryJam_nbphotog-2StrawberryJam_nbphotog-4



Strawberry Jam

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Yields: 2 8oz jars of jam


  • 1 1/3 Cups - Hulled and crushed strawberries
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons - Ball® Real Fruit™ Pectin
  • 1 Cup- Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon - Butter (optional)


  1. Thoroughly clean the canning jars and lids according to the manufacturer’s directions
  2. Heat a very large pot of water to boiling
  3. Wash strawberries, remove stems and cut into small pieces
  4. Mash cleaned and cut strawberries in a large bowl
  5. Heat mashed strawberries and fruit pectin in large saucepan on high until it reaches a full roaring boil (add a tsp of butter into strawberry and pectin mixture before heating to avoid mixture foaming over the top of pan)
  6. Add sugar and return mixture to a boil, allowing it to boil for one full minute while stirring continuously
  7. Remove from heat and ladle into clean canning jars, leaving ¼” headspace (Google this if you’re unsure what it means)
  8. Place lid and screw on tightly
  9. Add jar to large pot of boiling water, making sure the top of the jar is covered by the water
  10. Let boil for 10 minutes then turn off burner and let sit in water bath for 5 minutes
  11. Remove jars from water and let cool

Additional Info

I recommend purchasing the Ball® Canning Beginner Set and the Ball® Utensil Set. Both are relatively inexpensive and make canning jam so much easier.

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1 Comment

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    Lauren P. September 13, 2016 (7:57 pm)

    such a cute post from two of my favorite people! 😉