Small batch strawberry jam: just TWO ingredients!

Small Batch Jam Recipe: small batch strawberry jam makes 1 pint of jam. Cooking for one

Have you ever taken your toddler strawberry picking? I’m considering taking Camille, who is 2, but I have some questions. Do they teach the kids about bees and how not to piss them off and elicit a sting? And do they go over exactly why you shouldn’t eat unwashed berries covered in dirt in the field?

Help this first time Mama out, and she’ll reward you with a small batch strawberry jam recipe. :)

I’m one of those crazy Mams that doesn’t buy sweetened yogurt for my kid (grass-fed full-fat plain, please!), and so I made some jam to stir into her yogurt for a flavor boost.

I can’t get over how much FRESHER this strawberry jam tastes than store-bought. It has a bright, acidic FRESH strawberry flavor that tastes like real berries…with a little extra sweetness. And I have to say…the red in these photos hasn’t been enhanced. It’s just bright red because it’s so fresh!

Strawberry Jam recipe: homemade strawberry jam with just 2 ingredients, no pectin!

Recipe makes 1 pint or 2 half-pint jars.

This small batch strawberry jam is great on ice cream, stirred into yogurt, and even right off the spoon. I also have plans to use it for a dessert for two, so stay tuned for that!

I used 2 pounds of strawberries to make just 1 pint of jam. Scale it up as you need to, but if my recipe for a small batch of apple butter is any indication, you guys love making small batches of jam.

All you need is a surplus of fresh strawberries and a little sugar. And some time. You definitely need time.

I’m not going to give you hard and fast rules for making this jam. I want you to cook it, while stirring every 2-3 minutes until it starts to feel like it’s sticking to the pan. It will thicken and threaten to stick to the bottom. Take it 1 minute further while constantly stirring. It will set into jam as it cools, I promise. No pectin needed. Though, if you have some leftover from my strawberry pate de fruit, I’m sorry about that. That reminds me, I need to make those again.

Off to the kitchen!

Oh, and these are the exact jam jars I used in the photos. They’re half pint mason jars that hold 8 ounces.

Yield: 1 pint

Easy Small Batch Strawberry Jam

Small batch strawberry jam, makes 1 pint or 2 half-pint jars of jam.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries (washed, hulled and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the berries and sugar.
  2. Mash the berries with a potato masher to get some of the juice going, and then bring to a simmer.
  3. Cook the jam until it thickens and starts to cling to the bottom of the pan. Stir it ever 2-3 minutes, and keep an eye on it, about 10 minutes.
  4. Once it threatens to stick to the bottom of the pan, stir it constantly for 1 minute to thicken further.
  5. Pour into a pint jar (or two half-pint jars). Let cool to room temperature. Store in the fridge. Use within 2 months.

 

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