Low Sugar Strawberry Jam Recipe (No Pectin!)

Here’s our easy to make low sugar strawberry jam recipe that has tons of amazing strawberry flavor with only 2 ingredients! A total feel good jam. 

Our homemade jam has a beautiful, intense strawberry flavor, low in sugar, and is so simple to make you’ll never want to buy  store bought jam again!

We love a good fruit jam. From spreading on toast to drizzled over pancakes, waffles or crepes! A good jam can seriously liven up a myriad of dishes and recipes! What we don’t love so much, however, is how much sugar you find in most store bought, or even homemade options. 

That’s why we’ve experimented and tested many recipes and found the perfect  one — absolutely full of amazing flavor with low sugar and no added pectin. This low sugar strawberry jam recipe is %100 all about the delicious fruit while leaving out unhealthy refined sugars and additives. This is a recipe you can feel truly good about sharing with family and friends!

And If strawberry’s not your thing, give our nectarine lemon verbena jam recipe a try! It’s incredibly tasty with low sugar and no pectin as well!

Making our easy low sugar strawberry jam recipe…

Scroll down for the full printable recipe and to watch our recipe video. 

Following this recipe is super simple, but we do have a few notes before you get started: 

The deal with added pectin. The main problem with added pectin is the amount of sugar that is required for it to work properly. In order for commercial pectin to set, 55-85% of the jam or jelly must be sugar. This means that your homemade jam would contain more sugar than fruit! Another problem to consider is GMO Commercial Pectin. A lot of the pectin you find in store is made from corn… and that typically means genetically modified corn (unless the product is certified organic). Even “all natural” fruit pectins are typically GMO based as they contain dextrose and citric acid, both corn-derived products. The good news? You really don’t need added pectin! The trick is to use fruit that is naturally high in pectin. Most berries (including strawberries) are.

The strawberries. When making jam without added pectin, be sure to use fully ripe strawberries only. Wash them before cooking but do not soak. And of course, remove the stems.

How long will the jam keep? The jars will keep around 2-3 months in the fridge. Plenty of time to enjoy!

Why skim the foam off the top? For many, the foam just isn’t appealing in texture or look, but It’s totally a preference. If making it for the house, we just stir the foam back in. However, if it’s a gift we skim it off.

This low sugar strawberry jam recipe is naturally sweet and thickens up wonderfully using just fresh ripe strawberries and a bit of organic sugar. When it’s done, we guarantee you’ll want to add it to as many things as you can! We love spreading it on our gluten-free pecan scones, homemade waffles, pancakes,

Homemade low sugar strawberry jam recipe (no canning necessary)

4 boxes fresh strawberries, hulled (enough to make 4 cups of puree)

3 cups organic cane sugar, separated

you will also need

  • 1 Pyrex 9×13 dish
  • 1 tea towel
  • 1 long handled spoon
  • 1 large pot
  • Timer- great for setting each 5 minute mark. 

Method: low sugar strawberry jam 

  1. Wash and dry strawberries, remove green stems and puree in a food processor or mash with a potato masher. You will need 4 cups of strawberry puree.

  2. Once pureed, pour puree into a heavy bottom stainless steel pot. Turn on the burner to medium-high.

  3. Bring to a boil stirring frequently, but not continuously. Boil on medium high for 5 minutes. Burning happens if your pot is to thin and light weight.

  4. Stir in 1 Cup sugar. Return to a boil, stirring every now and then to prevent the bottom from burning. Boil jam for 5 more minutes.

  5. Begin to skim off foam then add 2nd cup of sugar. Bring back to a boil again for another 5 minutes.

  6. Stir in the 3rd cup of sugar and cook 5 more minutes on medium . Remove the foam that comes to the surface.

  7. Use oven mitts to immediately pour into the 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Cover with a tea towel and let rest overnight. Set it in a place where there are no drafts, ants or possible interruptions.  Do not refrigerate.

  8. After 8 hours and jam has set (its thickened some), ladle or spoon into jars or containers. You may freeze or put into the refrigerator. The jam will last in the refrigerator for 2-3 months unopened. Thickens even more once refrigerated. 

This is such a simple yet wonderfully delicious and versatile recipe. We hope you love making it and enjoy eating it as much as we do! Kids of all ages love this jam!

Looking for more jam recipes like our low sugar strawberry jam ? This library has a bunch of fantastic recipes!

Let us know if you tried this recipe out, and how you liked it!

April May and June are best months to make jam. they are the ripest and sweetest.
Organic is best. Strawberries are on the list of the dirty dozen for pesticides.
Wash and dry your berries.
Here’s what the foam looks like while it cooks. Skim it off or its fine to leave.
Carefully pour hot jam into your glass baking dish. Wash pot immediately. Jam s messy.
8 hours later. Ready to fill jars.
1 batch makes
Makes about 5 pints or 9-10 half pints. Great for gifts.

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Peggy and Megan Curry are a mother-daughter duo that embraces the art of healthy cooking, helping people discover their own healthy lifestyle through delicious food and conscious choices.

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