From the NC Strawberry Association:

Strawberry Jam

Strawberry jams may be either freezer jams, generally using uncooked berries, or traditional cooked jams. Freezer jams using uncooked berries have a lovely fresh taste, but don’t keep as long..

Freezer Strawberry Jam

(a standard recipe, from many sources)

2 cups washed, crushed strawberries (start with about 1 qt whole berries) 4 cups sugar  3/4 cup water 1 box powdered fruit pectin (1 3/4 oz.)

Place crushed berries into a large bowl. Add the sugar to the fruit, mix well, and let stand for 10 minutes. Mix water and pectin in a small saucepan, bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from meat and stir the pectin into the fruit. Continue stirring for 3 minutes. Ladel quickly into serilized freezable jars, leaving � inch of headroom. Seal immediately with sterilized tight-fitting lids. Let jars stand at room temperature until the jam is set. Freeze. Makes 5-6 8-ounce jars.

Sugarless Strawberry Freezer Jam

Good for diabetics. 1 1/2 tsp. unflavored gelatin 1 1/2 Tbsp. cold water 3 cups washed and hulled fresh strawberries, mashed 1 1/2 Tbsp. liquid sweetener 1/4 tsp. ascorbic acid powder Red food coloring if desired In a cup, soften gelatin with water and set aside. Combine mashed strawberries and sweetener in a medium saucepan. Place over high heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Add softened gelatin. Return to heat and continue to cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Blend in ascorbic acid powder and food coloring. Pour into freezer containers. Cover. Store in refrigerator or freezer. From “Strawberry Eats & Treats” a cookbook by the North American Strawberry Growers Association,

Strawberry Jam advice

From The Vollmer Farm, in Bunn, NC:

People always ask about jam recipes, and although we’d love to elaborate on an age-old, handed-down family recipe, we can’t. Everyone we know uses the recipes on the inside of the Sure-Jell box. We can, however, give you a few critical tips:

  1. You can use either regular Sure-Jell or Sure-Jell Light for strawberry jam. Both can be found in the supermarket. We like to use Sure-Jell Light. It uses much less sugar and the jam is equally as good.
  2. Check the expiration date on the Sure-Jell box. Do not purchase if dated the same year you are making the jam, or you waste a lot of time for nothing.
  3. A “rolling boil” means really bubbling. Juice is flying everywhere. Wear your apron!
  4. Follow the directions precisely.

Jean’s Strawberry Jam

This recipe for a cooked freezer jam, from Jean Copeland of Jean’s Berry Patch in Apex, NC,  uses no pectin products.

4 cups strawberries, hulled 4 cups sugar 2 Tbsp. lemon juice

Mix the berries and 2 cups of the sugar in a large sauce pan. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes, continuing to stir. Add the remaining 2 cups of sugar. Return to boiling and stir while the mixture boils for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the lemon juice. Pour int a large bowl and skim the top. Stir frequently, skimming the top. Cover the bowl and let stand overnight. Pour into jars, cover with lids, and freeze. Makes 2-3 pints. Store this jam in the freezer until ready to use. After opening, it keeps for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

Traditional Strawberry Jam (cooked)

5 cups crushed berries (start with 2 qts. whole berries) 7 cups sugar 1 box powdered fruit pectin

Stir powdered pectin into the berries. Bring berries and pectin to a boil and add sugar all at once. Again, bring the mixture to a boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and fill jars.

Old Fashioned Whole Berry Preserves

This recipe comes from Rudd’s Farm, in Greensboro, NC (

6 cups fresh small fully ripe whole strawberries,washed and hulled Boiling water to cover strawberries 1/2 cup lemon juice 6 cups sugar, divided

In a large saucepan, cover berries with boiling water; let stand 3 minutes to soften. Drain water and discard. Combine berries and 3 cups of the sugar in a 6 to 8 quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; continue to boil slowly on medium heat 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Add remaining 3 cups sugar and lemon juice. Boil 10 minutes more, stirring constantly. Using a candy thermometer, bring to the gelling stage of 220-225 degrees. Remove from heat. Stir and skim off foam with metal spoon for 2 minutes. Pour jam into shallow baking dish to cool completely. When cold, put in sterilized jars and freeze or process.

If your jam doesn’t jam:

Don’t despair! It will still be delicious. Use it as a sauce for pancakes, waffles, yogurt, ice cream, pound cake, etc.

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