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A jar of strawberry jam with a spoon dishing out the bottom of the jar!

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Sweet summertime berries, tart lime and the peppery bite of a great tequila combine to make the most delicious strawberry margarita jam!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe, Strawberry Jam
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 36 servings
Calories 101kcal
Author Deb Clark


  • 5 cups crushed strawberries You'll need about 10 cups whole strawberries to make 5 cups crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup tequila use good tequila! / OPTIONAL
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 1.75 sure-jell pectin PINK BOX


  • Clean the strawberries and remove the stems (do not chop).
  • Mash the berries with a potato masher. Measure out exactly 5 cups of crushed berries. Add to a large heavy bottom pot.
  • Add the juice and zest of the lime and one teaspoon salt
  • 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 burner. Turn on high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • When it comes to a hard boil (one that you cannot stir down) add the remaining sugar.
  • Return it to a hard boil and boil exactly one minute.
  • Remove from the heat. With hot pan holders on immediately stir in 1/4 cup tequila. It will bubble and spit a bit! Continue to stir until it is completely incorporated, about a minute. 
  • Ladle into clean, sterilized jars.
  • Using a paper towel clean the top of the jar off completely.
  • Add the lid and screw top. Screw the lid on tightly. Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes to seal.
  • Remove from the hot water bath and place on a heat-proof surface. You'll hear the jars pop and you'll know they are sealed.


This recipe makes 6 pints of jam.
The tequila is totally optional - you can omit it from the recipe if you choose.


Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 32mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin C: 12.3mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg