Easy Strawberry Jam

Georgia Grown


  • 1-quart fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Cut strawberries in small pieces.
  2. Combine strawberries in a bowl with sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.
  3. Place mixture in a heavy bottom saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved.
  4. Raise heat to medium-high and cook until it reaches a temperature of 215 degrees on a candy thermometer, stirring to prevent scorching.  If you don’t have a candy thermometer, place a plate in the freezer.
  5. Once the plate has chilled well, place a small spoon of mixture on the plate to check the consistency.
  6. Store in the refrigerator or follow canning procedures to store in properly sterilized and sealed jars.