This homemade strawberry jam recipe contains no added pectin and is fresh and bursting with flavor! It’s the perfect summer recipe for when there are a bounty of vibrant, sweet, and juicy strawberries at the market.

A close up of a pile of fresh strawberries.

It’s strawberry season!! I ran out of my Bonne Maman jam, so naturally my solution was to make my own homemade strawberry jam recipe with organic strawberries from the farmer’s market. As much as I love Bonne Maman (and basically all French products), I also love making my own basics at home so that I know that my family has fresh foods made using whole ingredients ready to eat.

There’s something special about homemade strawberry jam. The vibrant color, the sweet aroma, and the burst of flavor are simply unmatched. Homemade jam also has a freshness and flavor that store-bought versions can’t match. You can use ripe, in-season strawberries for the best taste. Plus, there’s no artificial preservatives or additives.

This Homemade Strawberry Jam Is

  • Vibrant, sweet, and bursting with strawberry flavor!
  • Free from artificial preservatives, additives, or added pectin.
  • Able to be canned and preserved on the shelf, or kept in a jar in the fridge for immediate use.
  • A great way to preserve strawberries. This means you can enjoy their sweet, summery flavor even in the middle of winter.
  • A perfect thoughtful and personalized gift for a loved one to celebrate the sweet flavors of summer.

Ingredients to Make Homemade Strawberry Jam

  • Organic fresh strawberries
  • Granulated white sugar
  • Lemon juice

That’s it!

Tips to Make Homemade Strawberry Jam

  1. Use ripe, in-season strawberries for the best flavor.
  2. This homemade strawberry jam recipe doesn’t call for added pectin. Pectin is an ingredient that thickens and speeds up the timing of jam-making. I prefer not to use added pectin. Fruit already contains pectin, and the added lemon juice helps to bring out that natural pectin to thicken it into a jammy consistency.
  3. This doesn’t require all day cooking. In fact, the shorter the cooking time, the better the flavor! It really just needs to come to 220 degrees F to get that “jammy” consistency and taste. You can check to see if the jam is the correct consistency by dropping a small amount on a frozen plate. If after 1-2 minutes it turns into a gel-like consistency, then it is ready. If it is runny, it needs more time to cook down.

Health Notes

  • Not only are strawberries delicious, but they are also jam-packed with vitamin C, manganese, folate, and potassium!

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Homemade Strawberry Jam (No Added Pectin)

This homemade strawberry jam recipe contains no added pectin, and is the perfect summer recipe that is fresh and bursting with flavor!
1 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 lb organic fresh strawberries washed
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (⅛ cup lemon juice, or about the juice of ½ a lemon)


  • Hull and quarter your strawberries.
  • Add the strawberries, granulated sugar, and lemon juice into a large saucepan. Toss mixture together to coat the strawberries in the sugar and lemon juice.
  • Stir over medium-low heat until the sugar is fully dissolved, making sure there are no crystals forming on the side of the pan. Then, increase the heat to medium-high to bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture reaches 220 degrees F.
  • Once cooled, place in your favorite jar to store in the refrigerator for immediate use. Alternatively, the jam may be canned using the proper technique.
  • Enjoy smeared over your favorite bread, croissant, or on a PB&J!

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