An Inspirational Post On Strawberry Jam

July 19, 2012   334 Comments

See those jars of jam up there? I made them - before you click off in disgust - there is a GIVEAWAY at the end of today’s post.

No Sugar Added Strawberry Jam Recipe

Why disgust? Some of you may think that I am trying to be Martha Stewart with a feature on canning. Nothing could be farther from the truth - she is way too perfect for me (except for that stint in the pokie).

No, I found time to jam because I was able to produce strawberry jam with almost no sugar added. My entire half pint jar of jam is a whopping 78 calories and it includes 150% of your daily value of vitamin C.

How did I do it? Magic, baby.

Naaaaah. The truth is that Ball sent me something called a “Canning Discovery Kit” and they included something called “Low or No-Sugar Needed Pectin”. Pectin is a compound found in the cell walls of plants and is a jelling ingredient.

Most recipes for jam include a lot of sugar, so this no-sugar needed pectin is amazing stuff.

To make my jam, I simply crushed fresh strawberries, added pectin, a wee bit of sugar, and water, boiled and stirred for a minute and (here comes the hard part) jarred my product.

If you don’t want to jar your jam, just put in a container and store it in the fridge. It should stay good for a week.

For those of you who want to give it a try, there is a clear expanation here: It’s Easy To Can. You have to use a stockpot to heat your jars to boiling hot, then you fill your up to ¼ inch from the top of the jars with hot jam, then heat up the jars in boiling water again for 10 minutes until the lids seal.

It isn’t that difficult, but it does take attention and time to complete it. I did uses a tool called a "Jar Lifter" to help me handle the hot jars.

My jam came out tasting of fresh strawberries, and I am finding that my sugary Bonne Maman jam no longer tastes good to me. Also, my jam costs about ½ as much as a jar of premium supermarket jam.

The jars will stay good for a whole year and I found that it makes your neighbor's smile when you hand them your preserves.

To enter to WIN a case of Ball or Kerr canning jars, Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit, Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving ($28.50 value), COMMENT below on what you would preserve.

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Low or No Added Sugar Strawberry Jam Recipe

1.6 from 15 reviews

(makes 5 half-pints)

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2 pounds strawberries
2 tablespoons Ball Low or No-Sugar Needed Pectin
½ cup water
2 tablespoons sugar (if needed)


Wash, stem, and crush strawberries. Taste the strawberries for sweetness and add sugar if needed. Combine strawberries, water, and pectin in a large saucepan, stirring to dissolve pectin. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. If gel starts to from before 1 minute boil is complete, remove from heat.

Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving ¼ inch space below lid. Remove air bubbles by stirring with a metal spatula. Put on lids and process 10 minutes in boiling water.

Nutrition Facts

One jar with sugar added is 78 calories, 0.5 g fat, 19.0 g carbohydrates, 13.9 g sugar, 1.2 g protein, 3.6 g fiber, 0 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

What will I win?
A case of Ball or Kerr canning jars, a Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit, and the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving ($28.50 value).

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Comment below on what you would preserve, can, or jar.

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The randomly chosen winner will be announced on July 26th, 2012. You will have 2 weeks to e-mail us back with your home address so we can mail the prize.

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First 20 Comments: ( See all 334 )

Fantastic, I've been looking for something like this. I would preserve pumpkin butter in the autumn , blueberry jam in the summer and chutneys in the other seasons. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

Strawberries are in season at u-picks, but we have an abundance of raspberries just ready to get ripe in our back yard. What a great product this should be. Hope it will be available in our area (we're SO rural, it is doubtful)

I would make pickles and blueberry jam. Oh, and pepper jelly! My MIL made sugar free strawberry preserves using this pectin this year. The extras can be stored in the freezer too.

Tomatoes, I grew up canning with my mom and grandma but haven't attempted as a adult, too much for one person to do I suppose was my thinking. But I can see how this kit makes things easier and less dangerous for the hands. Thank You snack girl for all the lessons in eating healthy.

You are on the same wavelength as I am! Last Saturday Ball sent me an email letting me know July 14th was National Can it Forward day so I decided to try something I always wanted to do, and made Strawberry Jam and Triple Berry Jam! I even had a Shakespearian moment when I was watching my jam cook down and took an Instagram , labeling it "Bubble, Bubble toil and Trouble." Congrats on your recipe enjoy your sweet reward:)

I have fig trees. I would love to make some jam or jelly with them.

I would love to make strawberry or apricot jam. I love both but tend to avoid them because of all the sugar. But now I can enjoy them again. These little jars of jam would make awesome holiday gifts also!

I love making jam and I love not using sugar. I think the fruit is much better natural!

I would like to try blueberries or even peaches. My favorite type of butter is pumpkin and would love to can and make my own pumpkin butter. :)

I've done my own strawberry freezer jam in the past, and liked it, and actually was JUST saying to a friend that I'd like to experiment with "real" canning . . . I use no conventionally canned foods right now b/c of BPA in the can linings, and I love controlling the ingredients as well - salt & sugar, especially!

I would love to try canning. I have akways just froze my produce.

I love to can! Yesterday I canned a dozen jars of sweet pickle relish, so much better than store bought. I also do tomatoes, pickled beets, cranberry chutney and elderberry jelly. I would love to try the elderberry jelly with this new product.

What a great idea. I would jar grapes because I love grape jam. I think I am one of the few! In the winter, I would jar pumpkin butter or spread.

I can peaches and salsa. Haven't made jam in a while, but I think it's time!

I love the idea of low-no sugar canning! I used to can a lot when I was first married but then stopped as the kids got older because of the amount of sugar, this could make me give it a try again. Berries and fresh summer peaches are at the top of my "want to can" list!

I just started canning last year but have not tried jam because of the high sugar content. I will look for this product and give it a try. So far this year I have canned green beans and will be doing salsa and stewed tomatoes soon.

I would like to try this recipe with peaches!

I have a great receipe for no salt, fast can pickles. Ive adjusted it and use lots of vinnegar, low cal sweetner, garlic, hot pepper. I eat them right out of the jar, for very few calories or points..

I would to try this, husband diabetic and I don't like using sugar substitute. Would love to try apricot.

Good morning!I have never canned anything before :) I am a mom of 6 and would love to can strawberry jelly along with other seasonal items.I love your blog.Thank you so much for giving us so many healthful ideas.Hope I win :)

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