Homemade Strawberry Jam (Small Batch)

Fresh strawberry jam bursting with bright flavor is right at your fingertips with this small batch recipe that is as easy as cooking strawberries, lemon and sugar together in a saucepan. It takes under an hour to make from start to finish and doesn’t need a lot of babysitting, special equipment or require pectin!

I love the idea of making jam and jelly when I need it. Or crave it. Finding jams and jellies at the market without high-fructose corn syrup has become increasingly harder and harder. Even the old-fashioned brand that’s been around since the 1800’s is using it now. In my mind I relate them to wholesome, nourishing goodness. Not highly processed sugar. They should be ashamed of themselves.

The secret to cooking it to the right consistency is to put a small plate in your freezer ahead of time. After 20 minutes or so of cooking test it by smearing a small amount over the cold plate, when it ‘sets’ or ‘gels’ up and feels firm to the touch it is ready.

This homemade jam will last a month or longer when stored in a sealed glass jar in your refrigerator and even longer if you were to freeze some of it.

Homemade Strawberry Jam (Small Batch)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: About 4 cups

Homemade Strawberry Jam (Small Batch)

Fresh strawberry jam takes under an hour to make from start to finish and doesn't need a lot of babysitting, special equipment or require pectin!


2 cups sugar
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 1/2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and halved


  1. Put a small plate in the freezer. Combine sugar, lemon zest and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a medium saucepan and cook over very low heat for 10 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add strawberries and continue to cook over very low heat for 20 minutes, until the strawberries release some of their juices and the mixture boils slowly. Cook until a small amount of the juice gels when spread across a very cold plate.
  3. Cool slightly and pour into 2 pint canning jars and either seal or keep refrigerated or freeze. Unsealed jars will keep for a month or so stored in the refrigerator.

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  1. Lea Ann says

    Wht a fabulous photo with that little strawberry spoon. Thanks for this recipe as that's exactly why I don't make it that often. Huge batches that fill up an afternoon and your kitchen.

  2. Joanne says

    I am always so disheartened when I find HFCS in brands that I once thought were quality stuff. (Corn Flakes, I'm talking to YOU.) The best way to avoid it is definitely to just make everything from scratch! Thanks so much for the homemade jam tips…this looks delicious!

  3. kitchen flavours says

    Have not tried making strawberry jam before, yours look fabulous, lovely with some toasted bread. Like that cute spoon!

  4. Deb in Hawaii says

    Gorgeous jam! Strawberry is my favorite. My mom brings me batches of her jam when she comes to visit.;-)

  5. Federica says

    I love strawberries and this is one of my favorite jams. It has a wonderful color. I'd like to have some for my breakfast. Bye bye, have a great Sunday

  6. Heavenly Housewife says

    That looks so sweet :D. I can just imagine that slathered on a scone with clotted cream… drool!Have a wonderful weekend daaaaaahling.*kisses* HH

  7. says

    one of my favs. There used to be a U-pick farm close to me, my second year got allergic to the pesticide and came home looking like someone beat me up. One of those unforgettable times. If that farm was still here I'd go back anyway…nothing like fresh off the farm sweet strawberries :p. BTW your photo is great thanks for the sweet comment on my site Reeni. xoxo

  8. Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog says

    As you guess, fresh natural strawberry jam is one of my favorite. Indeed it was on my breakfast today. You've made a great job – sweetness in a jar :) Cheers, Gera

  9. BeadedTail says

    Nothing is better than homemade strawberry jam! Especially when it's so easy to make – who knew! Purrs and nose taps to Moon!

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