How to Make Strawberry Preserves

Cyd Converse

Learn how to make strawberry preserves with this quick and easy recipe that uses just 3 ingredients!

If you've been wondering how to make strawberry preserves, you're going to LOVE this recipe! With just a few ingredients and very little active prep time, you can produce a delicious batch of preserves that you can use in all sorts of ways!

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These homemade strawberry preserves are wonderful spread on a slice of toast in the morning, or served with clotted cream as a mouthwatering topping for warm scones. You can add them to cooked oatmeal, sweet rice pudding or drizzle them over ice cream

They are also great stirred into natural yogurt, blended into smoothies or used as a pancake topping. As you can see, the ways in which you can enjoy strawberry preserves are endless!

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What is the difference between strawberry preserves and strawberry jam?

They may seem very similar, but they have a distinct difference that sets them apart!

Strawberry jam is made with crushed or pulped fruit, whereas the fruit in strawberry preserves is much more chunky, made with chopped - or even whole- fruit.

What about strawberry jelly?

Jellies are different to jams and preserves in that they are made with fruit juice instead of crushed or whole fruit. This makes them look clearer and gives them a much smoother texture.

Preserves, jams and jellies can be used interchangeably in most recipes.

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How long can you store homemade strawberry preserves?

If you are very familiar with the canning process and have carefully adhered to all safe canning techniques, then your jars of preserves will keep for up to a year when stored in a cool, dark place.

If you are not 100% confident with canning, then just keep the jars in the fridge instead, where they will last for up to one month.

In reality, these homemade strawberry preserves are soooo good that it is very unlikely they will still be hanging around for a year anyway! 

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How to Make Strawberry Preserves

      16 Servings


  • 3 pints Fresh Strawberries
  • 5 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Lemon Juice


  1. Rinse the strawberries in cold water and drain well, then hull them.
  2. Place the berries and the sugar in an enamel-lined or stainless steel pan and leave for 4 hours.
  3. Bring the mixture slowly to a boil, stirring occasionally, then add the lemon juice.
  4. Over a medium heat, continue to cook for around 15 minutes until the syrup is thickened.
  5. Using hot, sterilized jars, ladle in the strawberry preserves, leaving around 1/4 inch at the top of each jar.
  6. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
  7. Cool thoroughly then store, either in the fridge or pantry (see notes above).
Source: The Spruce Eats
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Author: Cyd Converse
Source: The Spruce Eats
Recipe Yields: 16 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 285 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 16

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 2
Calories 265

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 68g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 65g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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