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This easy strawberry freezer jam is perfect for beginners! It is a simple no-cook strawberry jam recipe that doesn't even require special canning skills.

A mason jar filled with homemade strawberry freezer jam has a green plaid spoon sticking out of the top and sits next to a bowl of fresh strawberries.

This strawberry freezer jam recipe is another classic from my archives. I originally published this post in 2011 and I've been making it almost every year since.

Our family loves homemade strawberry jam so much that I even included it in my next cookbook! (You can check out The Ultimate Kids' Baking Book right here.)

When the girls were little, I would take them strawberry picking so they could see the fields where the berries come from. 

Granted, the Peanut would spend more time running through the fields with friends than she did actually picking the berries, but it was always a fun family outing. 

When I first started making strawberry freezer jam, I was a little nervous to try homemade jam but after nearly 10 years of making this recipe, I can promise it is so much easier than you'd think. You'll quickly see why it is one of my favorite fresh strawberry recipes ever!

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What is Freezer Jam?

If you've never had freezer jam before, it is much thinner and saucier than normal store-bought jelly or jam which has a more gelatinous texture.

The runny-ness is precisely why we love it so much. Strawberry freezer jam practically melts on top of hot toast or pancakes.

We use it as a syrup, a sauce, or a filling. 

Freezer jam is so much easier to make than traditional canning recipes.

You simply wash and mash the fruit, stir in some sugar, and then dissolve the pectin in boiling water and stir it into the fruit.

You can fill any freezer-safe container you have with the jam, absolutely NO special canning skills required.

Since you're storing it in the freezer, there's no need to worry about the traditional preserving methods that help if you wanted it to be shelf-stable.

Fresh strawberry freezer jam: an easy, no-cook jam recipe for beginners.

Storage Jars to Use

I have always used these small jelly jars but you can use any freezer-safe container you prefer.

I recommend dividing the recipe into smaller portions for freezing so you don't have to thaw and use one giant portion all at once.

It lasts for 3 weeks in the refrigerator, so unless your family eats a lot of jam in a short amount of time, you'll prefer to be able to just thaw what you need. 

Serving Suggestions

I highly recommend making a batch of this while you can still find fresh berries at your market. I've done it with off-season berries and it still turns out fine, but the fresh local strawberries always make the best tasting jam.

If you make a batch of it this summer, you can then use fresh strawberry jam all year long to make:

  • The best PB&J's you will EVER have.
  • Strawberry filled cupcakes or layer cakes
  • Strawberry flavored buttercream frosting
  • Strawberry syrup covered pancakes or waffles
  • Strawberry coffee cakes 
  • Strawberry-filled muffins or pastries
  • Strawberry ice cream sundaes

Or, if you buy a copy of The Ultimate Kids' Baking Book, you'll find a recipe that uses the strawberry jam to make amazing chocolate covered strawberry brownies that are just adorable for Valentine's Day or Christmas!ย 

And if you love traditional baked goodies, you could use this as a filling for strawberry jelly donuts using this paczki recipe (or Polish donuts!)

More Freezer Jam Recipes

We just love homemade jam. Once you've tried it, you're ruined for store-bought jelly forever!

If you want to branch out from this delicious strawberry jam, don't miss our other favorite freezer jam flavors:

Fresh Strawberry Recipes

I love to use up all the fresh berries when they are in season. Here are a few of my very favorite fresh strawberry recipes:

๐Ÿ“– Recipe

A mason jar filled with homemade strawberry freezer jam has a green plaid spoon sticking out of the top and sits next to a bowl of fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Freezer Jam

5 from 1 vote
This easy strawberry freezer jam is perfect for beginners or kids to make during peak strawberry season.
TOTAL TIME 30 minutes
PREP TIME 20 minutes
COOK TIME 10 minutes
YIELD 5 1/2 cup jars

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups crushed strawberries from 1 qt. fully ripe strawberries
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 (1.75 oz) box Original SURE.JELL Fruit Pectin

Instructions

  • Prepare 5 1-cup containers to hold your jam. Wash them in hot soapy water and dry thoroughly with a clean towel.
  • Wash and drain the strawberries. Remove the stems and crush the strawberries with a potato masher. It might be easier to work in smaller 1-cup batches of berries at a time rather than try to mash the whole batch at once.
  • Measure exactly 2 cups prepared mashed fruit and juices into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and let stand for 10 min., stirring occasionally.
  • Mix water and pectin in small saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring for 1 min until the pectin is completely disolved. Add the pectin and water to the fruit mixture and stir for 3 min. or until sugar is mostly dissolved. (A few sugar crystals may remain.)
  • Fill all containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops, be sure to leave that extra space since the jam will expand as it freezes. Clean up any splashes of jam from the top edges of the containers with a damp paper towel or clean cloth. Immediately cover the containers with their lids.
  • Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Jam will then be ready to use. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year. You'll need to thaw it in the refrigerator before using to make it spreadable again.
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This easy strawberry freezer jam is perfect for beginners! There's no cooking or special canning skills required.

Original photo from the July 11, 2011 post:

Easy homemade strawberry freezer jam: a simple no-cook recipe to use fresh berries.

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  7. I have made the freezer method of strawberry jam for years. In the last few years, I have swapped over from Sure Jel to the Ball brand and I love the taste. It has much less sugar; therefore, you can really taste the strawberries. My family loves it!

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  9. My mother-in-law and I make jam every year together but these last several years the jam is more runny than it was before. We are trying to figure out why that is when we came across your Ball vs. Sure Jell (what we have always used). We are considering trying Ball now but want to know how many cups each batch comparatively makes. Do you know? Thank you.

    1. How funny, Jenna. I was just thinking that this year's batch was the thickest I'd ever made before, usually it is much more runny just as you described. The only thing I did differently was to cook the jam a bit longer than normal. I actually used Sure Jell for the gelatin.

  10. I'm so sad I didn't go strawberry picking this year -- I just couldn't do it with getting the house ready for showings etc. Strawberry freezer jam is by far my favorite thing in the world. I use it for making pies, syrup on pancakes, etc. There are so many uses beyond Jam for it!!

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