Homemade Strawberry Preserves

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When the strawberry season is at its peak, easy homemade strawberry preserves are a must-make for my family!

Easy Homemade Strawberry Preserves

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is taking a road trip to the local farm and pick fresh berries with my kids. This year we drove about an hour away to Westmoreland Berry Farm in Colonial Beach, VA.

Say hello to my little friend! #ilovegoats

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Westmoreland Berry Farm not only has berries but it has goats and is actually quite famous for them!  I’m not going to lie here and tell you that my favorite part of the farm was the berries… cause let’s be real… the goats are so flipping cute! #becausegoats

Farm to Fork

This trip to the farm had me inspired to make homemade strawberry preserves and I knew I had to include the recipe as part of my Farm to Fork series on the blog!

In the first post of the series, I shared how easy it is to make farm fresh bread.  I had the pleasure of using the farmhouse at Good for You Farm to make that bread and these strawberry preserves!

Homemade Strawberry Preserves

Cutting strawberries on a wooden chopping board

Starting with fresh, never frozen, strawberries are the only way you should ever make homemade strawberry preserves.

For hundreds of years, fresh fruits have been preserved this way to keep the berries usable for the long-term.    Thus getting the name Strawberry Preserves.

Putting lemon zest on strawberries

This preparation of the berries, since they are left whole and the flesh is included in the preserves, can also be considered a jam.  Jelly is different because it’s made with only the juice of the berry and not the flesh like in jam.

Some recipes call for the use of added pectin, however, mine does not.  Sugar, lemon juice and zest are all that is added to the berries.

boiling strawberries

The berries and sugar together would make natural pectin that can be seen while cooking.  The white foam on top is the key indicator that the pectin is being made and the jam will be thick and perfect!

I’m not a master of canning jams, so I don’t follow all the typical rules for canning.  I don’t boil my jars or do anything fancy with them.

pouring processed strawberries in a can

Instead, I simply run the jars through the dishwasher and let them air dry before pouring the hot preserves into each jar.

I’ve never had any issue with the jars breaking or the preserves going bad because I didn’t boil the jars first.

pots and ladles used in cooking

After the mess has been cleaned and the preserves have cooled, I’m left with a thick, perfectly sweet and a bit tart strawberry jam!

My favorite way to eat strawberry preserves is on warm farm fresh homemade bread!

strawberry jam spread in a bread

There are seriously fewer things in life that make me as happy as I am when I’m eating bread smeared with homemade jam.

It’s the little things like this that truly bring me joy and I always stop to take a moment to enjoy each delicious bite.

Seriously, so good.

strawberry jam spread in bread and can of strawberry jam

As an added treat, I’ve had my amazing photographer Fanette Rickert Photography create a video to accompany this recipe!  These are also all her photos… aren’t they amazing?

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Strawberry Preserves

Yield: 3 jars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

This recipe for Homemade Strawberry Preserves uses only farm fresh berries, lemon, and sugar and is incredibly simple and delicious!


  • 9 cups cleaned, halved fresh strawberries
  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • heavy bottomed pan or crock
  • potato masher
  • 3 jam jars with lids


  1. Clean and half the berries and place them in the pot.
  2. Sprinkle over the sugar, zest and juice. Stir to combine.
  3. Using a potato masher, gently break up the strawberries. Keep at least half of the berries in tact.
  4. On high heat, cook the mixture for 5 minutes while stirring frequently to help break up berries and bring out the juices.
  5. Continue cooking until the mixture comes to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  6. Bring the temperature down to a medium/low simmer. Continue to stir occasionally.
  7. When a pink foam appears on the top of the mixer, sure a spoon to scoop it off. This step isn't necessary, however sometimes if you skip it, chunks of pectin will be in the preserves.
  8. After about 90 minutes or until it has reduced and thickened, pour the preserves into clean, dry jam jars. Allow the jam to cool completely before putting the lid on.
  9. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.


  1. Samantha

    I really want to try this recipe, but i am curious if you would know how much of the sugar i can reduce out of it? I cant tolerate sugar well as a diabetic, and i cant tolerate artificial sugars at all, so I’ve been eating a low sugar version from smuckers. It OK, but i would love to make my own so i know whats in it all the way. Any advice would be welcome as this will be my first attempt into making preserves. Thank you ahead of time!


    1. Betsy Eves

      I’m not a jam making expert, so I’m not sure. I’d suggest looking up on google some low-sugar preserves recipes from bloggers and see what the ratios of berries to sugar they use. They’ll have tried the recipe and will know it works. :) Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.


  2. Jennifer bouler

    I would use pectin to accommodate.. there us a low sugar on box..I saw last yr I just didnt use so I dont rem..


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