How to Make Strawberry Freezer Jam

Homemade strawberry jam has long since been a staple in the Lehman family kitchen. I grew up watching my brother eat it on toast, my dad scoop it up with crackers as a sweet dessert, and my mom prepare it from scratch. It wasn’t until recent years, however, that I joined her in the annual jam making.

My mom makes all things cooking look both amazing and effortless. I was intimidated by jam-making, but she assured me that it was simple as long as you knew a few tricks.

For one batch, you only need 4 ingredients: 2 cups fresh strawberries, 4 cups sugar, 1 (1.75 ounce) package dry fruit pectin, and 3/4 cup water.

We made 4 recipes which produced 23 1/2 pints of jam and took just over an hour —most of which was spent hulling the strawberries.

hulled strawberries in bowl
Here are the strawberries after we hulled them.

The first trick to jam is to start off with room temperature strawberries. It is also important to note that while we did make 4 batches total, we only did two at a time. We have found that the jam is less likely to set-up or thicken properly when more than two recipes is made at a time.

After hulling all the strawberries, we threw them into a food processor to crush them. Then, we stirred in the sugar and let it sit for 10 minutes, and in the meantime, we prepared the fruit pectin.

When mixing the fruit pectin and water, you need to add the pectin to room temperature water, before gradually heating it on the stove. You want it to dissolve completely, and, if you add it to hot water initially, it will cause lumping.

mixing pectin
Mix the pectin well!

Once the pectin is dissolved, turn the stove from low to medium-high, bringing the mixture to a boil. Keep the mixture at a boil for one minute, while stirring continuously.

Before combining everything, stir the sugar and strawberries once more, then slowly add in the boiled pectin.

That’s it! The last step is to pour your jam into jars. My mom and I used a funnel and ladle to pour our jam into a variety of half pint and pint-size containers. We wiped the outside of our jars and added the lid, just an hour and 5 minutes after starting.

funnel with jar
Using a jar funnel makes pouring your jam easier. Available at

The last key to remember is to let the jam sit on the counter for about 24 hours before freezing. Then, whenever you need more jam you can grab one from the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge or microwave it for 30 seconds, or so.

filled jars
Looks delicious, right?

If you’re anything like our family though, you won’t want to wait. Feel free to test out the jam right away—it may not be as thick, but it will still taste great!

homemade jam on bread
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How to Make Strawberry Freezer Jam

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: about 6 pints 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 (1.75 ounce) package dry fruit pectin
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Hull strawberries and crush in food processor. Stir in sugar and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Add pectin and room temperature water to saucepan. Gradually heat mixture until pectin is dissolved.
  3. Once dissolved, bring mixture to a boil. Boil for 1 minute stirring continuously.
  4. Stir strawberry and sugar mixture. Then slowly stir in boiled pectin.
  5. Pour jam into jars and add lid. (Remember to wipe the jar before adding the lid.) Let jars sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours before storing in the freezer.
  6. Enjoy!
  • Author: Lindsey Lehman Peters
  • Prep Time: 45 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min

Keywords: freezer jam, jam, strawberry, strawberry jam, strawberry freezer jam

Editor’s Note: This article was first posted in July 2018.

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Milisia Sue Anderson
Milisia Sue Anderson
2 years ago

This looks so easy to make. I can’t wait to try this. My grandma used to make strawberry preserves . I feel like I would be carrying on the tradition! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

2 years ago

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I am intimidated when it comes to canning and I want to learn so bad!

2 years ago

This looks great! Can I use frozen strawberries from last year’s harvest? I tried a no-cook recipe earlier this year, and it was way too sweet. Also, if I use a canister of pectin, how much do you use for a batch? There are no instructions I can find on the container.
Thank you!

1 year ago

I’m diabetic and all that sugar is too much for me. Can I use part Splenda? Any suggestions how much of each? Thanks!

1 year ago

It is easier than I remember making it for my girls when they were young. I only made a dozen pint jars as I didn’t know if they would like it or not. Well, they loved it?? but the only problem I had was when we ran out & they wanted more??They are old enough now to where they can make their own, for their families ??Lol?

Jim Honaker
Jim Honaker
1 year ago

Do you have any experience with sugar free preserves you could pass along?

Patricia Root
Patricia Root
1 year ago

Why do you freeze your jam after making it , I just water bath it and put it in my pantry, Just curious .

Patricia Root
Patricia Root
1 year ago

i go according to what a box of pectin says to use i think it says 7 teaspoons to equal a box for the recipes

8 months ago

Root Water bathing requires more time and additional equipment. However, water bathing the jam means you will not be taking up room in the freezer to store the jam.

8 months ago

My father used to make this. Now I know how to make it.

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