Homemade strawberry jam is irresistible! Sometimes one may ask, why make jam at home when you can buy from outside. The best part of making jam is that you know what fruits you have added and you can control the amount of sugar.
Once you make jam at home, you will not look forward to the store-bought ones, it is so delicious. Are you thinking that it is time-consuming to make jam at home? Welcome bread machine!
- Ingredients to make strawberry jam
- How to make jam in a bread machine?
- How to make jam in a bread machine without a jam setting?
- Can I use frozen strawberries for jam?
- How to defrost frozen strawberries?
- How to make strawberry jam with frozen strawberries?
- How to store homemade jam?
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Ingredients to make strawberry jam
Homemade strawberry jam is free of any preservatives. It requires only 4 ingredients
How to make jam in a bread machine?
Did you know that bread machines are beyond just making bread, you can make all types of jams in it and you can be absolutely hands-off.
All you need to do is a few minutes of prep work of weighing and adding the fruits, sugar, pectin and butter to the container. Your work is done! I personally prefer the Sure Jell Premium Fruit Pectin.
Select and start the "Jam" cycle and the machine will do the rest. While this post is about making strawberry jam from frozen strawberries, you can make jam from other fresh fruits too. Check out my jam recipes made in the bread machine.
How to make jam in a bread machine without a jam setting?
The jam setting in a bread machine moves the paddle every few seconds and heats the bread machine pan to a high temperature to ensure that the fruits cook well to make the jam.
Unfortunately, there is no other setting that does both the tasks, and so it is not possible to make the jam in a bread machine without the jam setting.
Can I use frozen strawberries for jam?
You can use fresh or frozen strawberries for making jam. I have made jams using both fresh and frozen ones and both are equally good. While using frozen strawberries involves an additional step of defrosting the strawberries. If they are not well defrosted, the jam can turn out a little bit runny.
How to defrost frozen strawberries?
Frozen strawberries can be defrosted in a microwave by using the defrost setting. You can select the weight option and let the microwave defrost it.
If you don't want to use the microwave, you can rinse the strawberries in water and then leave the strawberries in a strainer at room temperature or in the fridge. It will take 4-6 hours to defrost and the strawberries completely.
How to make strawberry jam with frozen strawberries?
To make strawberry jam with frozen strawberries, weigh the frozen strawberries using a digital food scale. I prefer weighing as it gives consistent results. Next, defrost the strawberries well and squeeze out any excess water.
If the strawberries are really big or your kids do not prefer chunks, you can chop the strawberries. I prefer to make it with whole fruit, it gives a richer taste, sometimes I chop them into halves.
Now put the strawberries, sugar, pectin ( I prefer Sure Jell Premium Fruit Pectin), and a little bit butter in the bread maker container. Adding a teaspoon of butter makes the jam clear, otherwise you will see some tiny bubbles and the jam will not look clear. Pectin helps in setting the jam and giving it a thicker consistency.
Select and start the "Jam" cycle and the strawberry jam will be ready once the cycle ends. The container and jam will be very hot, be careful while transferring it to jars. I use the 16 oz Ball Mason Jars for storing jam.
In order to avoid sudden temperature change of the jars while pouring hot jam, I heat the jars in the oven for about 10 minutes on warm setting and then transfer the jam to the jar.
How to store homemade jam?
Strawberry jam is now ready. Once cooled down, you can store it in the refrigerator in a tight-fitting container for about 2 months but it never lasts that long for me, it is over just in a few weeks 🙂
Don't forget to check out these bread machine recipes
- Sweet and spicy peach jam in bread machine
- Mixed berry jam in bread machine
- Mango relish in bread machine
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Strawberry Jam in Bread Machine
- Defrost the frozen strawberries and squeeze out any excess water.
- Place the strawberries, sugar, pectin and butter in the bread machine container
- Select and start the "Jam" cycle
- Once jam cycle is complete, transfer to a sterilized jar and let it cool. (CAUTION! Container will be very hot!)
- Once cooled, store the jam in the refrigerator.