Homemade Strawberry Jam {with canning instructions}

Easy homemade strawberry jam with simple canning instructions. Stock up your pantry or give away as gifts!

Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe {with canning instructions} from bakedbyrachel.com

I’ve had seriously weird and by weird I mean bad luck when it comes to products and customer service lately. You know I went to Ikea, but did you know that the main item I bought that day ended up missing not just one but fourteen pieces of hardware. Fourteen! I mean come on. I emailed three different addresses for assistance before finally getting a response. Fingers crossed they come through and the hardware shows up in the next week or so because this whole ordeal was just silly. And it’s not even like Ikea is nearby for me to just go pick up pieces, nope… it’s over an hour away.

Next on the chopping block… beds. I told you I looked around for beds for the girls, I finally settled on some from of all places Walmart. I know. I loathe it, but sometimes it works out. The style was exactly what I wanted and was half the price of real furniture places. Of course that clearly came with a slight cost because they weren’t in pristine condition, but I decided to overlook that given that I had read that in a review and the price was what it was… no biggie. Fine. Whatever. Little tiny issues. BUT more missing hardware. Come on!! And it took several trips to Home Depot to try and find suitable parts to remedy the solution until (or even IF) we receive the parts. I reached out to customer service with my hopes not very high that I would receive a response. Shockingly enough, I received a reply overnight and they’ve already processed a request for parts from the manufacturer. Fingers crossed…

And then there’s another issue. No, I’m not kidding. We ordered new kitchen stools because the ones we have are kind of scary. I mean the kids can sit on them well enough, but an adult sitting on them… they start to wiggle and squeak in ways chairs shouldn’t. We’re just waiting for them to collapse beneath us. I sometimes test my luck and squeak them on purpose. So anyway… the stools. We were told it’d take a month before they arrived at the local warehouse, fine. Then I got a call saying they were in and wanted to arrange for delivery. I tried calling back TWICE to arrange delivery and finally got a call back. They only had two of the stools and apparently had no idea when the other two would be arriving. Uhm I don’t want two stools, I want all of them delivered at the same time. That makes total sense, right? Next call – was a girl arranging delivery. Same day – guy calls the other stools still aren’t in so he’s holding off on delivery. So basically not everyone is on the same page here. I was suppose to find out today if they’d be in and available for delivery Saturday morning but… shocker…no call. 

This is why people hate customer service. Or more specifically, companies with poor customer service.

Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe {with canning instructions} from bakedbyrachel.com

On a totally positive note… JAM. More specifically, scrumptious homemade sweet strawberry jam. Made in your own kitchen by your own hands, not literally because that’d be kind of weird and result in serious burns. Stock up your pantry, give these babies away as gifts, enjoy it for breakfast, brunch and lunch. This jam is amazing. It’s perfectly sweet and can be as smooth or chunky as you desire.

We don’t go through jam super fast so this’ll last us a while. It makes a solid  7: 8oz jelly jars. It’s the perfect size, because once they’re open you need to use it within 2 weeks or at least that’s the recommendation. If you go beyond that and get sick, don’t blame me. Unopened jars that have been sealed properly should last you up to a year in a cool dark place. Jam for months!

Easy  instructions for canning are included within the recipe.

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Easy homemade strawberry jam, with simple canning instructions.
Total Time1 day
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 7 : 8oz jelly jars


  • 2 lb strawberries hulled and chopped
  • 5 C granulated sugar divided
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 : 3oz packages of liquid pectin


  • Wash, hull and chop strawberries. Place in a large bowl, tossing with 1 cup of sugar. Cover and chill one hour or overnight.
  • Prepare water bath for canning, fill with enough water to cover jars by 1-inch of water. Remove rings, set aside. Place lids in a small saucepan. Place empty jars in water, cover and bring to a boil. Boil jars for 10 minutes, carefully removing with tongs and emptying water back into canning pot. Rest hot jars open end up, on a clean kitchen towel. Pour 1 jar worth of hot liquid into saucepan containing the lids.
  • Prepare jam while water bath comes to a boil.
  • In a 5-quart (or larger) pot, add prepared strawberries and juices from bowl. Add remaining 4 cups of granulated sugar and lemon juice. Stir well to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring continuously. Cook for 15-20 minutes until mixture is thick. Using an immersion blender, puree mixture. You may also transfer liquid to a regular blender to puree and return to pot. Leave mixture as chunky or pureed as you desire.
  • Add 2: 3oz packages of liquid pectin to mixture in pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Using a candy thermometer, cook until mixture reaches 220°F and holds the temperature for at least 2 minutes.
  • Ladle jam into prepared jars, leaving 1/2 inch space at the top. Wipe jars clean before adding lids and rings. Carefully transfer jars to boiling canning water. Boil for 10 minutes. Carefully remove jars, placing on a clean kitchen towel.
  • Allow jars to rest for minimum of 12 hours prior to moving. Listen for your lids to "pop", this is your jar sealing. Any jars that do not seal should be stored in the refrigerator and used within 2 weeks. Store sealed jars in a cool, dark location for up to one year.


Recipe adapted from Food in Jars

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39 Responses to “Homemade Strawberry Jam {with canning instructions}”

  1. #
    Tieghan — August 16, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Wow oh wow!! This jam is beautiful and your directions are so detailed and helpful!! I was scared to can, but you make it sound so easy! Awesome post!

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      Rachel — August 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      It’s shockingly easy!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 16, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Oh no! That sounds like a real pain in the booty. We just bought a ton of stuff from Ikea, too. Lucky for us we had all of the parts. I felt so bad for the hubs, though. Their instructions are the pits and each item comes with a gazillion pieces. This jam looks divine. I love canning.

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      Rachel — August 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      This was my first bad experience with them. I’ll still question future purchases after this one though.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 16, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Gorgeous jam Rachel. Just beautiful! I love canning homemade jam at home, my grandma taught me how!

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      Rachel — August 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Aww that was so sweet of her!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — August 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

    We just got a dresser from IKEA but it was great! I’m sad you had a bad experience – love that place!! PS: This looks so good!!

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      Rachel — August 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I’ve had great experiences there up until now. Oh well!

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    Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes — August 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I think I really need to start canning, because I keep seeing SO many wonderful sounding things I want to make!! Thank you for the detailed instructions!

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      Rachel — August 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      You really should! I was surprised how easy it was after my first time.

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — August 16, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Love it!!! I am a super fan of strawberry jam – it’s one of my favorites!!! This looks amazing!

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      Rachel — August 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks Robyn! :)

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — August 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I had a similar problem with IKEA when I bought my bed. This jam looks great through!

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      Rachel — August 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      Ugh that stinks but thank you! :)

  8. #
    Rachel Cooks — August 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Love that first shot, Rachel!

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      Rachel — August 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks Rachel!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — August 16, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I am in love with that first photo. So gorge! I really need to try my hand at making jam. Oooor you could just send me some ;)

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      Rachel — August 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Haha if I knew it’d arrive in once piece I’d totally ship you some.

  10. #
    Megan [country Cleaver} — August 16, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Canning is my favorite thing about summer cooking. yet, like last year with the wedding, I haven’t had any time to do it!! Also – how does one kit miss THAT many pieces? Someone skipped the day in kindergarten that they learned how to count!

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      Rachel — August 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      I have no idea. I was totally baffled myself. They definitely need to go back to counting 101 ;)

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — August 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    This is so perfect, strawberries are 99 cents a pound right now in CA, I need to hoard them while I can.

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      Rachel — August 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Hoarding is totally necessary with that price!

  12. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — August 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I am terrified of canning but your detailed instructions make it look easy! Thank you.

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      Rachel — August 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      I was too before my first time but it’s really quite easy! You should give it a try sometime :)

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — August 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Beautiful Strawberry Jam, girl! Love strawberry jam. And, your photos are gorgeous. Pinning everywhere (read: DIY Pinterest group boards to help out all those canning maniacs and wannabes who need help)! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

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      Rachel — August 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Stacy! :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — August 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    this is my JAM – haaaahaaaa ;)

    but seriously, strawberry jam is my FAVORITE. i will choose no other jam, ever. i need to try my hand at canning one of these days! seems easy enough!

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      Rachel — August 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

      You and Camryn could be great friends. She looooves it.

  15. #
    Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds — August 16, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I just made strawberry jam too. It was my first time and I totally cheated, used the FreshTec Jam & Jelly maker.

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      Rachel — August 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

      haha! Cheating is okay sometimes.

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    Sarabeth — August 17, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Hi Rachel you jam looks beautiful!! Could I use strawberries that are frozen?

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      Rachel — August 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      I haven’t tried it that way. I imagine it should work the same, just be sure to thaw completely first.

  17. #
    Anne [A Squared] — August 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I’m dying to try making homemade jam– this looks great!

  18. #
    Tracey — August 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve still yet to tackle canning. We don’t eat enough jam for me to do it for us, but I love the idea of giving jars for gifts at the holidays!

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      Rachel — August 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Totally a perfect gift and then you could say you finally tackled canning! :)

  19. #
    marcie@flavorthemoments — August 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I would love to make my own jam and give it away as gifts…and keep for myself, of course. This looks great. Pinning!

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    Kumar's Kitchen — August 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    such a lovely red jam,will help celebrate summer way after it is gone…your directions are easy to follow and tempt us to make some now,thanks for sharing :-)

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    Fred — July 15, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    If jam doest gell up , can it be reheated?

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      Rachel — July 25, 2019 at 9:58 am

      I imagine you could. At the very least, it would be worth trying. Cooking time will absolutely vary for each person, be sure to watch your jam closely.

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