Can you believe it? –homemade strawberry preserves with only three ingredients!

This simple recipe is sweetened with grape juice and tart apples add the pectin!

Strawberry Jam Recipe

Strawberry Jam Recipe

This simple recipe is sweetened with grape juice and tart apples add the pectin!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 12 Cups Fresh Strawberries Hulled & sliced in half (about 4 Pounds)
  • 5 Tart Apples cored, peeled and chopped
  • 2 12 ounce Grape Juice concentrate thawed
Servings: 20
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper

Place fruit and juice in a heavy deep stainless steel pot. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and boil for about 25 minutes, stirring constantly and mashing fruit. I used a potato masher.  Cook until gel stage has been reached. The gelling point is 220°F (104°C), or 8°F (4°C) above the boiling point of water.


You will get a lovely thick mixture.

Get your hot clean jars ready and

a canning funnel. It makes filling the jars so much easier!

Fill jars, leaving 1/4 headspace at the top of the jar. Remove any bubbles. Wipe mouths of jars with a hot clean cloth.

Place lid on jar and screw on rings just until resistance is met and then screw finger tip tight.

Place jars in a water bath, making sure they are covered at least 1 inch and cover. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove lid wait 5 minutes, then remove jars and cool.

It is a more tart jam, but delicious and it doesn’t have all that extra sugar!

You might be interested in my homemade jam label tutorial.


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  1. How incredibly disappointing! I followed the recipe as written, but I couldn’t get it to gel. I had a thermometer in place, butcouldn’t Get it over 200 degrees. I turned the heat up after I’d been cooking it much longer than stated. Still no, so I’m canning it as strawberry syrup.

  2. I would enjoy your recipes but I cannot seem to get the recipe without a lot of problems.

  3. I don’t remember it being too grape flavor. My kids thought it wasn’t sweet enough LOL.

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