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Homemade Strawberry Jam

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Can you believe it? –homemade strawberry preserves with only three ingredients!

This simple recipe is sweetened with grape juice and tart apples add the pectin!

Strawberry Jam Recipe

12 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced in half (about 4lbs)

5 tart apples (I used Granny Smith), cored, peeled and chopped

2 – 12 oz frozen grape juice concentrate, thawed

Place fruit and juice in heavy deep stainless steel pot. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and boil for about 25 minutes, stirring constantly and mashing fruit. I used a potato masher.  Cook until gel stage has been reached. The gelling point is 220°F (104°C), or 8°F (4°C) above the boiling point of water.


You will get a lovely thick mixture.

Get your hot clean jars  ready and

a canning funnel. It makes filling the jars so much easier!

Fill jars, leaving 1/4 headspace at the top of the jar. Remove any bubbles. Wipe mouths of jars with hot clean cloth.

Place  lid on jar and screw on rings just until resistance is met and then screw finger  tip tight.

Place jars in a water bath, making sure they are covered at least 1 inch and cover. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove lid wait 5 minutes, then remove jars and cool.

It is a more tart jam, but delicious and it doesn’t have all that extra sugar!

You might be interested in my homemade jam label tutorial.



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