Sure Jell Strawberry Jam

Cyd Converse

Learn how to make and can your own Sure Jell strawberry jam - it's fun to do and a delicious treat to share with family and friends.

Canning is so much fun and such a great way to use your fresh produce. From jams to chutneys or maybe even salsas, canning allows you to create treats that make perfect gift ideas.

On the top of our list is strawberry jam made with Sure Jell. Sure Jell strawberry jam is a great way to use up those strawberries during strawberry season.

Depending on where you live strawberry season can run anywhere from January to July. Lots of opportunity to make delicious homemade jam!

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What is Sure Jell?

You may be wondering what Sure Jell actually is, especially if you are new to the world of canning.

Sure Jell is a type of classic pectin that helps give your jam the right consistency.

Pectin is a naturally occurring substance that is found within the cell walls of fruit, usually apples and citrus peels.

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The pectin is extracted from the plants, dried and ground into a fine powder.

Being a classic pectin, Sure Jell requires a lot of sugar to ensure it gels properly. 

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You can use a hot water bath to help you with canning. If you plan to do so, sterilize the jars and lids in simmering water for about 10 minutes while you are making the jam.

Once the jars are sterilized and the jam is made, ladle the hot jam into the jars, leaving about 1/4 inch at the top.

Wipe away any jam that may be on the rim of the jar.

Place a lid on the jar and a screw ring, but do take care, as it will be very hot.

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Use jar tongs to lower the jars into simmering water and ensure they are covered by about 1-2 inches of water. Simmer for 10 minutes and remove from the water.

Let them cool completely and listen for the lids to ‘ping’, which means the lids have set.

Check the seals by pressing the center of the lid, if there is no springing back it means the jar is sealed and can be stored in a dark, cool and dry place for up to a year.

If the jars are not sealed and they do spring back when pressed, refrigerate the jam and use within three weeks. 


Sure Jell Strawberry Jam

    1 Servings


  • 8 cups Fresh Strawberries
  • 7 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Butter
  • 1 3/4 ounces Powdered Pectin


  1. Start by washing the strawberries and removing the tops and stems.
  2. Puree the strawberries in food processor, or use a potato masher to mash them.
  3. Place 5 cups of the crushed strawberries into a large saucepan and stir in the Sure Jell powdered pectin and 1/2 teaspoon of butter.
  4. Bring to a boil and allow it to rapidly boil for 1 minute.
  5. Add 7 cups of sugar and bring back to a rapid boil, again boiling for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat and skim off any foam, although there shouldn’t be much as the butter helps to prevent foam from building up.
  7. Spoon the jam into your cans and allow them to come to room temperature before covering and refrigerating. 


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Author: Cyd Converse
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 12
Calories 5961

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 8mg
Total Carbohydrate 1520g
  Dietary Fiber 27g
  Sugars 1434g
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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