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strawberry preserves and butter on toast

Strawberry Preserves

Posted by: ari | well seasoned

Small batch homemade strawberry preserves are sweet, intensely flavored, and require just 3 simple ingredients. Made without pectin or other preservatives, these homemade preserves have more fruit-forward flavor than store bought and are a great way to stretch fresh summer strawberries to enjoy all season long. Serve on biscuits, toast with butter, or drizzled lovingly on your favorite desserts!

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Posted by: ari | well seasoned
strawberry preserves in a sauce pan with a spoon
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5 from 3 votes

Strawberry Preserves

Small batch homemade strawberry preserves are sweet, intensely fruit-forward, and require just 3 simple ingredients. Serve on biscuits, toast with butter, or drizzled lovingly on your favorite desserts! Made without pectin or preservatives.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make fruit preserves, preserves without pectin, strawberry jam
Servings: 6
Calories: 122kcal

Equipment

  • Sauce pan
  • Mason jars with lids

Ingredients

  • 4 cups strawberries hulled
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced

Instructions

  • Slice strawberries so all pieces are approximately the same size. For some strawberries, this will mean cutting in half, and for other larger berries they may need to be quartered.
    hulled strawberries in a bowl
  • Place strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a medium sauce pan, then bring to a rapid boil over medium heat.
    Strawberries in a sauce pan with sugar and lemon zest
  • Stir occasionally with a spatula, helping to break up and mash the strawberries as you go. Check consistency of preserves after 20 minutes to check for doneness.
    strawberry preserves in a sauce pan with a spoon
  • To test whether strawberry preserves are ready: dip a spoon into the sauce pan, then pull it out and run your finger along the back. If there is a clear path and the jam doesn't re-cover the spoon, it's done!
  • To store: remove preserves from the heat and pour into glass jars. Wipe the rim, cover and seal, then allow to cool completely before storing in refrigerator until needed.
    Homemade strawberry preserves in a mason jar

Notes

  • Strawberry preserves will keep in a refrigerator or freezer for 3 months.
  • To add another level of flavor, try adding ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste to sauce pan when cooking.
  • For a tangy, sweet flavor, add 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar.

Nutrition

Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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