Homemade strawberry jelly is so simple to make, and this recipe is delicious. You can make it from scratch using just a few simple ingredients and tools.
If your strawberry plant has produced more fruit than you can eat, or you find a good deal on them in bulk at the grocery store, then it’s time to try this recipe for making your own jelly.
Below, I’ll show you how to do it with easy steps so you can make your own at home. Nothing’s better than enjoying strawberry jelly on warm toast in the morning.
Best Types Of Strawberries For Homemade Jelly
Most strawberries work well for this jelly recipe. However, Earliglow is a great variety to use because they have a sweeter flavor.
Regardless of what kind you choose, ensure they are ripe, fully red, and nice and plump for the best flavor.
Strawberry Jelly Vs. Strawberry Jam
The main differences between strawberry jelly and strawberry jam are the texture and the processing steps.
Jelly is made from straining the juice. It doesn’t contain any fruit pieces, so the texture is smooth with a gelatin consistency.
Jam is made using the fruit, which is either chopped, crushed, or pureed. The consistency is looser, and it has more texture because of the addition of fruit chunks. Get my strawberry jam recipe here.
How To Make Strawberry Jelly
This homemade strawberry jelly recipe is so refreshing and versatile. You could eat it right after making it, keep it in the fridge, or can it for later use.
It tastes delicious on toast, spread onto a peanut butter sandwich, or topped on a batch of freshly baked waffles. Or you could add it to your favorite desserts, such as cheesecake or ice cream.
With a few simple ingredients and common kitchen tools, you will be on your way to making your own in no time.
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Strawberry Jelly Recipe Ingredients
I created this simple strawberry jelly recipe to be easy to assemble using only 3 common ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make it.
- Strawberries – This is the star ingredient for the recipe. Choose fresh, ripe strawberries that are plump and vibrant red in color for the best results.
- Sugar – This adds extra sweetness and enhances the natural flavors of the fruits. It also interacts and gels with the pectin, which enhances the strength and consistency of your jelly.
- Pectin – This helps to create the thick jelly consistency we’re after. In this recipe we used regular powdered pectin, but you could substitute for one with no sugar added if you’d like.
Tools & Equipment Needed
Below is a list of all the items you’ll need to make this strawberry jelly recipe. Gather everything before you start to simplify the process.
- 8 half pint jars OR jelly jars
- Large bowl
- Jelly strainer OR a fine colander lined with cheesecloth
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Potato masher
- Mixing spoon
- Metal spoon
Tips For Making Strawberry Jelly
Below are a few tips to help you be successful in making your own strawberry jelly.
- Keep in mind that your strawberry jelly needs to boil fast because if you do it too slowly, it risks destroying the pectin and affecting how your jelly forms.
- Be sure to test the thickness using a cold metal spoon. You’ll know it’s thick enough when it falls slowly from the spoon. If it’s not thick enough, keep simmering it until it is.
Preparing Strawberries For Making Jelly
Before you begin making your strawberry jelly, rinse the fruits to remove any dirt and debris. Then hull them to remove the green top.
Make sure to cut off any parts that are white, discolored, or bruised, as these can alter the flavor in a negative way.
Then you’ll need to cook them and mash them up to release the juices. After the cooking time is done, you’ll strain out the strawberry flesh and fruit pieces so all that’s left for making your jelly is the juice.
Can You Make Strawberry Jelly Without Added Pectin?
No, you can’t make strawberry jelly without added pectin. They are naturally a moderate to low pectin fruit, especially when ripe.
So, for the juices to properly gel and thicken into jelly, you’ll need to add pectin.
Can You Make Low Sugar Strawberry Jelly?
You can make low sugar strawberry jelly by modifying my recipe if you want to. But you need to add some sugar to offset the bitter flavor of the pectin, and also gel with it to thicken the texture.
You can also try reducing the amount of sugar to 3 cups and adding 1 cup of honey.
Can You Can Strawberry Jelly?
Yes, you can can this strawberry jelly recipe if you’d like. Since the fruits are naturally acidic, it’s safe to use the water bath method for canning.
Fill the hot jars with hot strawberry jelly, leaving ¼” of headspace, and fasten the lids and bands on top.
Process the jars for 10 minutes in the boiling water bath, adjusting the time for altitude if necessary.
How To Store Strawberry Jelly
Keep your jars of freshly made strawberry jelly in the fridge, or enjoy it right away. You could also freeze it.
If you chose to process yours in a boiling water bath, you can store the sealed jars in a cool, dark location, like a pantry or cupboard.
How Long Does Strawberry Jelly Last?
Your homemade strawberry jelly will last for 3 weeks in the refrigerator, or up to 6 months in the freezer.
Sealed jars will stay good for 12 months in the pantry. Make sure to always check that the lid is still sealed tightly before eating it.
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Below are my answers to some of the most common questions I get asked about making strawberry jelly.
Why isn’t my strawberry jelly setting?
There are two common issues that can keep your strawberry jelly from setting: over cooking it and recipe measurement errors. It’s important to always follow the exact measurements for all of the ingredients, and make sure to cook it at the proper temperature, as too high of heat damages the pectin’s ability to gel.
Why is my strawberry jelly more like jello?
Your strawberry jelly can become more like jello if you use too much pectin in the recipe, or when you overcook it. If it becomes too thick, you can thin it out by slowly mixing in water, 2 tablespoons at a time, until it reaches the consistency you desire.
Can you use frozen strawberries for jelly?
Yes, you can use frozen strawberries to make jelly. Just be sure you allow them to fully thaw first.
How can you thicken strawberry jelly?
You can thicken your strawberry jelly by adding more pectin. I recommend using the no-sugar variety for this, to avoid adding more sugar. Start by whisking in 1 tablespoon, then test for thickness. If it’s still too thin, add 1 more tablespoon. Generally you should only need to do this once or twice to achieve the thickness you are looking for.
Making your own homemade strawberry jelly is so easy using this simple recipe. Before you know it, you’ll have jars ready to enjoy anytime you find yourself craving it.
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