The time is now to make this Strawberry Preserves Recipe. Strawberries are at their peak of sweetness in the spring, which makes it the best time to make jam! This recipe for Strawberry Jam is a low sugar version. It is guilt-free and this a jam you can enjoy if you’re watching your weight or cutting out carbs. Combining strawberries with figs and spices enhances the flavor of the berries and makes the most amazing jam!
When we were kids, we’d pick strawberries in the summer to earn money. My brother Don and I were probably seven and nine years old when we started picking strawberries. We would go up to the bus stop at 5 a.m., the farm bus would pick us up and take us to the field. We’d spend all day picking. Pretty sure we whined the entire time!
Don and I weren’t the most dedicated when we were little. Because of this we were often tasked with picking “side-by-each” because we wouldn’t pick the row clean enough. This resulted in tormenting and teasing each other, usually ending in my brother pelting me with strawberries and me tattling on him 😀
You understand, right? It’s what brothers and sisters do!
Anyway, you’d think after toiling in the berry fields for years I would hate strawberries, but it’s the opposite – they are my favorite fruit and also the most requested jam I make!
Shopping List for Strawberry Preserves
- chinese five spice
- red wine
- low sugar pectin
I make lots of jam every year to give my family and friends. Homemade jam is a great gift (especially during the holidays!), everyone loves homemade jam!
Because many of my family members suffer from diabetes I’m careful to make low sugar version so everyone can enjoy it guilt-free!
How long do fruit preserves last?
If sealed correctly preserves will last in your pantry for a year!
This low sugar Strawberry Preserves Recipe is just as delicious as the recipes that are high in sugar. And if you’ve ever tasted the low sugar store bought jams and jellies, they are often more juice and less berry. Frankly I think they are tasteless (IMHO).
How to make strawberry preserves
- clean and hull the strawberries (do not chop)
- nip the ends off the figs and chop into small pieces
- add the strawberries, figs and spices to a large heavy bottom pan. Using a potato masher, mash the strawberries well.
- Measure 1/4 cup of sugar and mix it with the contents of the Sure-Jell. Sprinkle it into the berry mixture and set it on the stove and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- when it comes to a hard boil that you cannot stir down, add the remaining sugar
- stir constantly and return to a hard boil and boil exactly one minute.
- remove from the heat and immediately ladle into sterilized jars.
This recipe for strawberry jam combines figs and strawberries – it’s a great combination because the figs really give the berries a great depth of flavor and though you may have never added Chinese Five Spice or curry to a jam recipe, I know you’re going to love this – it’s just fabulous!
Are strawberry preserves the same as strawberry jam?
There is a small difference between preserves and jam. The fruit in preserves is often chopped. In most jams the fruit is crushed. Because the berries are crushed, this yields more juice. In this recipe a portion of the fruit is chopped and the remainder is crushed.
Essential tools to make jam
- measuring cup
- heavy bottom’d pot (keeps the jam from scorching)
- sterilized canning jars with rings & lids
- a ladle and funnel
- jar lifter
- hot pan holders
- wooden spoon
More Jam Recipes!
Strawberry Preserve Recipe
Strawberry Preserves Recipe
Strawberries are at their peak of sweetness in the spring, which makes it the best time to make jam! This Strawberry Preserves Recipe is a low sugar version. It is guilt-free and this a jam you can enjoy if you're watching your weight or cutting out carbs. It is sweet and delicious and the most requested jam I make!
- 2 cups figs stems removed and chopped
- 4 cups strawberries hulled and sliced in half
- 1 cup red wine
- 2 tablespoons Chinese five spice
- 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 package low/no sugar Sure-Jell powder (the one the pink package)
- 12 4 oz canning jars with lids and rings
- In a heavy stock pot, place the figs, strawberries, red wine, curry & Chinese five spice. Using a potato masher, mash them by hand until they are crushed.
Measure 1/4 cup of sugar and mix it with the contents of the Sure-Jell. Sprinkle it into the berry mixture and set it on the stove and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
When it comes to a hard boil (a hard boil is one you can't stir down with spoon) add the remaining sugar.
Continue stirring constantly and return it to a boil and when it comes back to a hard boil, continue boiling it for one full minute. (Set a timer to make sure you get it for a full minute).
Remove from the stove and immediately ladle into sterilized jars. Place lids on jars, screw on tightly.
Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes to seal the jars.
- Makes 1 dozen 4 oz. jars.
If you’d like to try more delicious low sugar jams – check out these recipes –
Bam Bam Pomegranate Jam from Bowl Me Over
Canning 101 and Strawberry Jam by the Pioneer Woman
Ja Makin’ Me Crazy Mango Jam from Bowl Me Over
*Helpful canning hints for first time jammers –
- Do not reuse metal lids.
- Canning rings are reusable as long as they are not rusted or dented – if they are throw them out!
- Have good heavy potholders available
- This is a gorgeous jam and the first thing you’ll want to do is stick your finger in it to taste – DON’T do that as in reality this is boiling sugar!
- Don’t skimp on the amount of sugar or fruit in a recipe, if you do the jam may not set or it could be too firm. Canning is one part cooking/one part science!
- Lastly….if you make jam or jelly and it doesn’t set. Label it syrup – your family will never know the difference! 😉