Homemade Strawberry Preserves


Breakfast & Brunch Eggless Gluten Free High Altitude Homemade Ingredients No Seed Oils Spring Summer Vegan | Published April 16, 2018 by Mimi Council

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This simple recipe for homemade Strawberry Preserves is a delicious snack to make during strawberry season! Use this Strawberry Preserves recipe on toast, waffles, scones, in cakes or thumbprint cookies!

If you're looking for more strawberry recipes, be sure to check out some of my other favorites like my Simple Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes, Chocolate Almond Strawberry Cake, or my Strawberry Balsamic Broccoli Salad.

homemade strawberry preserves

What are Strawberry Preserves?

Strawberry preserves are a type of fruit spread made from strawberries and sugar. To make strawberry preserves, fresh strawberries are typically washed, de-stemmed, and chopped into small pieces. They are then combined with sugar and cooked over low heat until the mixture thickens and the strawberries break down, releasing their juices and flavors.

Preserves differ from other fruit spreads like jams and jellies in that they contain larger fruit pieces or chunks, giving them a more rustic texture. This chunky texture and the inclusion of whole or large pieces of fruit set preserves apart, offering a delightful contrast between the soft, cooked fruit and the sweet syrup. This is why I like preserves more as I love the pieces of fruit and softer texture versus a more smooth jelly texture.

What is the difference between strawberry preserves, jam, and jelly?

Preserves, jam, and jelly are all made up of fruit and sugar to create a sweet spread you can use on toast or in baked goods, but the consistency of them is all different. Jelly is the most smooth and is made from fruit juice, which is how it achieves its smooth consistency (no fruit pieces). Jam is made from crushed or chopped fruit. And preserves are made from chunks of fruit, therefore leaving more pieces of fruit in the finished product. Jam and preserves are very similar with just the difference in how large the fruit pieces are. So, they are really interchangeable in recipes.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Reduce Food Waste: I love making fresh Strawberry Preserves whenever I have strawberries that are a bit past their prime. Making preserves or jam is a great way to use soft or ugly fruit! Fruit that may be less than ideal to eat on its own is perfect for making preserves and jams since you will mash it up and cook it anyways! It's a great way to reduce food waste.

3 Ingredients: This recipe for fresh Strawberry Preserves only has 3 ingredients! That makes it easy to make homemade Strawberry Preserves anytime as I bet you already have these ingredients in your kitchen. This Strawberry Preserves recipe only requires strawberries, cane sugar, and a lemon. You can even use frozen strawberries for this homemade Strawberry Preserves if you would like.

Many Uses: I love having fresh Strawberry Preserves in the fridge as it's delicious on so many things! You can spread this on toast, waffles, or scones. You can also use this as a filling for cakes, cupcakes, or thumbprint cookies! Once you make fresh Strawberry Preserves you'll never want to buy it again.

homemade strawberry preserves

Ingredients

Organic Strawberries (fresh or frozen is fine)

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Organic Lemon

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Small Pot

Spatula

homemade strawberry preserves

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homemade strawberry preserves

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Remove stems and finely chop strawberries.

Step 2

Add strawberries, sugar and lemon juice to a medium pot. Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Turn the heat to high and boil for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Turn the heat back down to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the consistency is thick.

Step 4

Transfer to a glass jar and let cool to room temperature. Use on toast, bagels, or in cookies and cakes. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

homemade strawberry preserves
homemade strawberry preserves

FAQ's

Can I use frozen strawberries?

Yes, absolutely! Frozen strawberries will work in this recipe and there's no need to thaw them. You don't have to thaw them because you are already cooking the strawberries, so that excess water that you would usually want to remove, will just be cooked off in the cooking process.

What can I use fresh Strawberry Preserves for?

This recipe for homemade Strawberry Preserves is a delicious topping for toast, bagels, waffles, pancakes, or scones! Try this on some of my favorite recipes like Eggless Banana Waffles, Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes, or Blueberry Cream Cheese Scones. You can also use this as a filling for layer cakes, cupcakes, or thumbprint cookies.

How long will homemade Strawberry Preserves last?

Fresh Strawberry Preserves will last for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. But, I bet you will eat it quicker than that!

homemade strawberry preserves

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homemade strawberry preserves

Homemade Strawberry Preserves

Mimi Council
This recipe for fresh Strawberry Preserves has only three ingredients: strawberries, cane sugar, and lemon. Try this recipe for homemade Strawberry Preserves the next time you have soft strawberries to reduce food waste. Use this Strawberry Preserves recipe on toast, bagels, and waffles or even in desserts like layer cakes and thumbprint cookies.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Makes 6 ounces
Calories 49 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 226 grams strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 57 grams cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Remove stems and finely chop strawberries.
  • Add strawberries, sugar and lemon juice to a medium pot. Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Turn the heat to high and boil for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn the heat back down to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the consistency is thick.
  • Transfer to a glass jar and let cool to room temperature.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 0.5mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.2mg
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