8 Strawberry Jam Recipes and Secrets to Make the Dessert Perfect

8 Strawberry Jam Recipes and Secrets to Make the Dessert Perfect

8 Strawberry Jam Recipes and Secrets to Make the Dessert Perfect

June 23, 2018LikbezEda
Classic transparent jam with whole berries, as well as unusual combinations with oranges, bananas, cherries and apricots.
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Daria Rodionova

Lifehacker senior editor

8 Strawberry Jam Recipes and Secrets to Make the Dessert Perfect


6 Secrets to Perfect Strawberry Jam

  1. Carefully select the strawberries, remove the spoiled ones. If you want to make jam with whole berries, choose beautiful, dense and not overripe fruits. Not too beautiful, mashed berries are suitable for jam with a uniform consistency.
  2. Wash strawberries very carefully, as they can become wrinkled and become too soft. Some advise not to wash at all, but simply wipe each berry with a damp towel. If the strawberries are too dirty, place them in a bowl of water and stir gently with your hands occasionally. After 15–20 minutes, sand and dirt will settle to the bottom. After washing, transfer the strawberries to a paper towel to dry.
  3. The stalks should be removed only from dry and clean berries. Otherwise, the strawberries will lose some of the juice, and the jam will turn out not so juicy and tasty.
  4. To diversify the taste of jam, you can add spices, such as cinnamon, vanilla or cardamom, as well as fragrant herbs, such as mint or basil, to it. You can add them at the end or at the beginning of cooking. In the second case, the aroma of spices and herbs will be more pronounced.
  5. Prepare jam in a stainless steel or copper dish. An enameled container is also suitable, but provided that there are no chips on it. You can use aluminum utensils, but only if the jam is cooked in one go and immediately transferred to another container. If it is cooked in several approaches and cools in the same container in which it was cooked, aluminum will not work. It can oxidize and spoil the taste of jam.
  6. Skim off the foam while cooking. If you leave it, the finished jam will be stored less. In addition, without foam, it will turn out to be more transparent, tasty and fragrant.

8 strawberry jam recipes

1. Five-minute strawberry jam with whole berries


Jam is called so because after boiling it really cooks for only five minutes, but in several approaches. The syrup turns out to be liquid, and the berries remain whole and beautiful.


  • 1 kg of strawberries;
  • 1 kg of sugar.


Place half of the strawberries in a saucepan and sprinkle with half of the sugar. Top with the rest of the strawberries and sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Leave for 4-5 hours at room temperature so that the berries give juice.

Place the saucepan over low heat and bring to a boil. Strawberries will release even more juice during cooking. Cook the jam for another 5 minutes, then remove from heat and leave to cool completely. Then bring it back to a boil, boil for 5 minutes and cool. Then repeat cooking again.

According to the traditional recipe, five-minute jam must be boiled three times. But you can do this a few more times if you want the syrup to become thicker.

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2. Thick strawberry jam


This jam is prepared in one go. In the process, the berries boil soft and become darker, and the dessert itself turns out to be more uniform.


  • 1 kg of strawberries;
  • 1 kg of sugar.


Sprinkle strawberries with sugar and put on a slow fire. After about 15 minutes, the berries will release juice. Cook the jam for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. When hot, the jam will be watery, but after cooling it will thicken.

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3. Strawberry and banana jam


Such a dessert turns out to be incredibly fragrant, and the sweet banana taste sets off a light strawberry sourness.


  • 500 g strawberries;
  • 3 bananas;
  • 100 ml of water;
  • 300 g sugar.


Cut strawberries into quarters and bananas into slices. Pour water into a saucepan, pour sugar into it and, stirring, bring to a boil over low heat. Then boil for about 5 minutes until the sugar dissolves.

Remove sweet syrup from heat and add bananas and strawberries. Stir gently and leave to cool. After that, bring the jam to a boil over moderate heat, boil for 5 minutes and cool again.

Repeat cooking 3-5 more times, depending on the desired jam density. The more you boil, the thicker the syrup becomes.

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4. Strawberry and orange jam


Sweet, but not sugary jam with a spicy taste.


  • 800 g strawberries;
  • 400 g of sugar;
  • 2 oranges.


Berries can be left whole or cut into quarters. Put them in a saucepan, sprinkle with sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat.

In the meantime, remove the peel and white skin from the oranges. If the latter is not removed, the jam will be bitter. Remove the seeds and transparent film from the orange slices and cut into large pieces.

After boiling, reduce the heat and add an orange to the strawberries. Simmer for 10 minutes, remove from heat and cool slightly. Then bring the jam to a boil over moderate heat, cool slightly and bring to a boil again.

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5. Strawberry and cherry jam


The jam turns out to be very tasty, and the five-minute cooking method keeps the berries whole.


  • 800 g of cherries;
  • 1 kg of strawberries;
  • 500 g…






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