Soon it will be time to pick all of those ripe strawberries. Looking for ways to use up all of those fresh berries? Our Homemade Strawberry Jam made with Honey is so easy! This 3 ingredient jam recipe doesn't require pectin or sugar! This easy jam recipe to make Strawberry and Honey Jam will definitely be a new hit with your family!
I think my favorite thing about growing strawberries is being able to pick them straight from the vine. Of course, there is nothing wrong with getting the berries from the local produce market or the grocery store either. However, I love early Summer in the Midwest when strawberries are ripe and ready to go.
How does your family enjoy fresh strawberries? With refreshing smoothies? How about fresh jam on warm homemade buttermilk biscuits right from the oven? Have you ever made Sangria with fresh berries? If not, then our Fruity Red Sangria, which can be made as a mocktail, is an absolute must!
Why Make This Recipe
We think you should definitely make this recipe for your family because it's:
Affordable - it only uses three ingredients
Easy - the berries are already in your garden
Delicious - imagine fresh jam made with fruit that you grew
Lemon juice - you can use fresh lemons or you can use store-bought lemon juice.
Step by Step Directions
Below are brief instructions. You will find the complete instructions in the recipe card below.
Step 1: Wash and cut strawberries, leave some whole.
Step 2: Place chopped strawberries in a heavy bottom saucepan, and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add honey and lemon juice then start stirring continuously and keep it cooking.
Step 3: To help make sure your finished jam is clear and clean, you need to always skim the bubbles off of the top.
Step 4: Once the jam is almost set and gets thicker, place the whole strawberries to the jam mixture and cook for another 5 minutes on low heat.
Step 5: Turn off the heat, and let it cool down.
Step 6: Place in a bowl overnight, then scoop in your jar, make sure leave a big cooked strawberry on top, it helps to look beautiful jar.
Step 7: Place the lid and seal each jar to keep it fresh.
You can use frozen strawberries. But you need to increase the cooking time because frozen strawberries tend to be waterier. You can also use a thermometer to know whether your jam is done. (Ideally, when it reaches 215 degrees Fahrenheit, your jam should be ready.)
You can use other types of berries as the cooking process of this jam will work with other fruits too, but you need to consider the sweetness level of whatever fruit you are going to use to make a jam.
Refrigerator: For best results, use jams within 10 days. If you keep it carefully sealed and unopened, your homemade jam should last in the fridge for about 1 to 3 months. In the freezer, it should last for a year.
Freezer: The great news is you can even freeze it right inside the jar. Just be sure to leave some space at the top, because jams expand a little when it is frozen.
How to Serve
Use strawberry jam as topping for scones, biscuits, and croissants. Try filling it for donuts to make a strawberry Bavarian. Spoon it over on your cheesecake.
FAQ About the Recipe
Jams, jellies, and fruit preserves seem like they are all just the same, but they have their distinct characteristics.
Jelly has a distinct category because it is made from fruit juice rather than whole fruit or puree. This gives the jelly its clear texture.
While jams and preserves fall in a different category. Fruit preserves are a kind of jam. Jam is made with pureed fruit that is why it’s not clear. It has more of an opaque appearance, which is closely similar to preserves which have larger and nice chunks of fruit in it.
The reasons may vary why your jam didn’t set up properly. It might have needed more cooking time. The acid in lemon helps the jam to have its gel texture.
If you followed the recipe carefully but it still didn’t set up properly, let the jam sit overnight in the fridge. If that step still doesn’t help to stiffen up and set. You might need to try re-cooking it for a bit longer.
Homemade Strawberry Jam with Honey
- 18 oz. fresh strawberries chopped
- 4 oz. fresh strawberries whole
- 7 oz. honey
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- Wash and clean all strawberries, then cut off the tops and let the berries dry.
- Cut 18 ozs. of the strawberries into small and even pieces.
- Place the chopped strawberries into a medium sized saucepan then turn the heat to medium high and bring to a boil.
- Once it's boiling, add the honey and lemon juice in and then give it a slow stir, turn the heat to down to medium.
- Use a spoon to skim all the bubbles on top while it is boiling, it will help to make the finished jam clear.
- After 35 minutes, you will start to notice the mixture getting thicker. Place the 4 oz. of whole strawberries into the mixtures and keep stirring slowly.
- Once the jam mixture has completely thickened, turn off the heat, let it cool down then transfer the mixture to a bowl, place clear plastic wrap over the top and then place in the fridge to completely cool and set overnight.
- Once it has cooled completely overnight, transfer it to your jelly jars or to your favorite container and enjoy!