Honey Strawberry Jam Recipe

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This honey strawberry jam is simple to make! We’ll use just a little bit of honey to sweeten it and chia seeds to help it gel, no store-bought pectin. It’s delicious and a great substitute for traditional jam.


If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you know that I love making jams. It’s my favorite way of preserving fruit! All of my jams are low in sugar. I never use the traditional one-part fruit to one-part sugar ratio, it’s way too sweet for me.

I usually cut my sugar in half and use a ratio of one-part fruit to one-half part sugar. This is plenty sweet enough and these jams also last just as long on the shelf after canning. However, for a while, I wanted to try and make a honey jam. Jam that is sweetened with just honey, no white sugar at all. I figured that I would start with strawberries and this honey strawberry jam turned out amazing!

Honey Strawberry Jam Recipe…

This honey strawberry jam is simple to make! We'll use just a little bit of honey to sweeten it and chia seeds to help it gel, no store-bought pectin. It's delicious and a great substitute for traditional jam.

Since I was going to make jam without white sugar which means that I can’t use pectin from the store, I decided to add some chia seeds to the mix as well. They add a crunch and are very healthy for us. They also gel, therefore, help the jam thicken.

A bowl of strawberries

Ingredients…

  • Strawberries – make sure to start with ripe fruit (freshly picked local strawberries are best). Since we’re going to use just a little bit of honey, it’s important that the fruit is ripe since that’s when it’s at its peak of sweetness (a side note here… You can follow this recipe with any other fruit it doesn’t have to be strawberries!). This recipe uses 2 pounds of strawberries.
  • Honey – we’ll use 1/2 cup of honey in this recipe.
  • Fresh lemon juice – we’ll use 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to add a bit of acidity (and it also is rich in natural pectin).
  • Chia seeds – we’ll use 3 tablespoons of chia seeds to add a fun texture to the jam and to help it gel.

Kitchen Tools…

  • Cutting board, a strawberry huller, and a knife  – to prepare the strawberries.
  • Deep pan – or pot with a heavy bottom to cook the jam in.
  • Spatula – for stirring and a potato masher for mashing the fruit.
  • Half-pint jars – you can keep this honey strawberry jam in the fridge if you’d like but you can also can it. If you choose to can it, I think that half-pint jars work best. You’ll also need…
  • Canning utensils – we’ll use the funnel and the bubble remover. Also, make sure that you have a ladle or a large spoon to help you fill the jars and a damp paper towel to clean the rim of the jar before closing it.
  • Water bath canner – to process those jars we are going to need the good old water bath canner and the rack that it comes with.

How to Make Honey Strawberry Jam Step By Step…

Diced strawberries in a pan ready for jam making

Step 1 – prep the strawberries. Make sure to wash the strawberries well. Then hull them and cut each strawberry into a few pieces. Add the strawberries to a deep pan…

Adding honey tothe strawberries

And add 1/2 cup of honey.

Bringing the strawberries to a boil

Step 2 – bring the fruit to a boil. Set the pan on the stovetop and turn the heat to medium-high. Stir the fruit frequently so it doesn’t burn and wait for it to come to a boil, this should take a few minutes. Turn the heat down just a little bit and boil for five minutes. Lower the heat to medium-low and keep cooking for another 20 minutes.

mashing the strawberries with a potato masher

Step 3 – mash and add lemon juice. At this point, the strawberries are soft. Go ahead and use the potato masher to mash them…

Keep cooking for an additional 10 minutes or so. You might notice some foam forming on top of the jam. This usually happens when cooking strawberries. You can stir it in (it usually disappears by the time that the jam is ready) or you can fish it out with a spoon. Place the foam in a small bowl and let it cool, you can use it just as you’d use the jam, it’s delicious!

At this point, also go ahead and add the lemon juice and stir it in. Keep cooking, stirring frequently for another 10 minutes or so.

Adding chia seeds to the jam

Step 4 – add chia seeds. You should notice at this point that the juices reduced and the jam is starting to thicken. Go ahead and add the chia seeds, stir them in and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Chia seeds gel very quickly so the jam should be ready at this point. Take into consideration that the jam is going to keep thickening in the jars as the chia seeds soak up more of the juices.

honey strawberry jam ready for canning

Canning Honey Strawberry Jam…

This is a small batch that makes just a couple of half-pint jars. This honey strawberry jam is delicious so it’s going to go fast! If you want to use it right away, feel free to add it to clean jars and store them in the fridge. It should last in the fridge for a few weeks.

However, you can also can this jam (and you can double or triple the recipe if you want to make a larger batch for canning). If you choose to can your jam, follow the instructions below…

  1. Fill the water bath canner with enough water to cover the jars by at least an inch. Set on the stovetop and turn the heat to high. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Wash the jars, lids, and bands with hot water and dish soap (there is no need to sterilize the jars since we are going to process the jam for 10 minutes).
  3. Fill the jars with the hot jam leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Use the bubble remover to remove air bubbles by scraping it along the inside of the jar. Use a damp paper towel to clean the rim of the jar before centering the lid and closing it with the band.
  4. Set the filled jars on the rack of the canner and lower them into the boiling water. Cover the canner and process the jars for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat off and uncover the canner. Let the jars rest in the hot water for five minutes before you remove them. Set them on a kitchen towel on the counter to completely cool overnight.

Remember to adjust processing time according to the table below if you live above 1000 feet in elevation…

Water bath canner altitude adjustment table

Storing Honey Strawberry Jam…

Before you store the jars, check to make sure that they have all sealed properly by pressing on the center of each lid. If there is no movement there it means that the jars have sealed. If you have a jar that didn’t seal you can store it in the fridge and use it first.

I usually wipe the jars and remove the bands before storage because they sometimes rust and it’s hard to open the jars down the road. I can also reuse the bands and it’s easier for me to monitor what is happening inside of the jar if the band is not in the way. Store this jam in the pantry. It should last up to 12 months.

a jar of honey strawberry jam

How to Serve This Jam…

This jam might not be as sweet as jam made with white sugar, however, you can use it the same way. Because of the chia seeds, it’s pretty thick so it can be easily used in baked goods like these delicious thumbprint cookies. We love it on toast or bagel or homemade bread with or without cream cheese.

It’s great in the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich and it’s a great addition on top of yogurt with some homemade granola. The bottom line is, you can use it any way that you’d use regular jam.

Frequently Asked Questions…

Can I double or triple this recipe?

Yes, you can double or triple this recipe. If you are a beginner jam-maker, I suggest that you don’t process more than 4 pounds of fruit at a time, things tend to get a bit more tricky when processing a large amount of fruit.

Can I add different berries to this jam?

Yes, feel free to add different berries or even different fruit. Or, you can use this recipe to make jam with another kind of fruit altogether. This basic process works with all types of fruit.

Can I keep this jam in the fridge?

Definitely! You don’t have to can it, you can store this jam in the fridge especially if you make a small batch. It’s delicious and going to go fast, so simply store it in the fridge and use it right away. Make sure to use a clean fork or spoon when scooping jam from the jar, it should last a few weeks in the fridge.

How long will this honey jam last on the shelf?

If you can this jam in the water bath canner it should last up to 12 months on the shelf at room temperature. I honestly never had it stay there that long, we usually use it within 6 months or less but reports from others say that it’s still good even after a year on the shelf. I personally make it a rule to use my canned goods within a year.

Is this jam considered sugar-free jam?

I personally consider it a sugar-free jam but many consider honey just another form of sugar. If you are a diabetic, you might need to consult your doctor to decide if honey is ok for you or if it will act like sugar in your body.
If you want to make this jam completely sugar-free, you can use one tablespoon of Splenda or another powdered sweetener like in this recipe.


I hope that you give this recipe a try! It’s very simple to put together and a basic honey jam recipe that you can use with any kind of fruit, it doesn’t have to be strawberries or just strawberries, you can add other berries or use different fruit.

Other Recipes You Might Like…

You can find all the jam recipes that I have here on the blog on my low sugar jam recipes page, but here are a few of my favorites…

  • How to Make Candied Oranges and Can Them – recipe with half the amount of sugar usually used to preserve oranges.
  • How to Make Mulberry Jam – special, fresh, hand-picked (in Israel!) Pakistani Mulberries turn into a delicious jam with less sugar.
  • Pineapple jam – basically placing summer in a jar and canning it! It’s delicious.
  • Low Sugar Fig Jam – hands down, my favorite jam of all my favorite jams! I absolutely love fig jam. Check out this simple recipe.
  • Plum and Apple Jam – a relatively quick and very easy to make jam. I use plums from my tree. It’s a great way to preserve them!
  • Low Sugar Mixed Berry Jam – one of our favorites! Throw in any berries you’d like and make this quick delicious jam.
Honey Strawberry Jam

Honey Strawberry Jam

Yield: Two half-pint jars.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Canning Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Simple honey strawberry jam made with a little bit of honey and chia seeds.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb ripe strawberries, washed, hulled, and diced
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions

  1. To a deep pan, add the strawberries and honey. Set on the stovetop, turn the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down just a bit and boil for five minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Turn the heat to medium-low for the rest of the cooking. Cook for an additional 20 minutes or so, stirring. At this point the fruit should be soft, use a potato masher to mash it.
  3. Add the lemon juice and stir it in. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or so. You can scoop out some of the foam or just stir it in, it usually disappears by the time that the jam is ready.
  4. At this point, you should notice that some of the juices have reduced and the jam is starting to thicken. Add the chia seeds and stir them in. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes before turning the heat off.
    Take into consideration that the jam will keep thickening as the chia seeds gel and soak up more of the juices.
  5. You can keep this honey jam in the fridge, however, if you want to can it, follow these instructions... Fill the water bath canner with enough water to cover the jars by at least an inch. Set on the stovetop and turn the heat to high. Bring the water to a boil (I usually do this as the jam is cooking since it takes some time).
  6. Wash the jars, lids, and bands with hot water and dish soap (there is no need to sterilize the jars since we are going to process the jam for 10 minutes).
  7. Fill the jars with the hot jam leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Use the bubble remover to remove air bubbles by scraping it along the inside of the jar. Use a damp paper towel to clean the rim of the jar before centering the lid and closing it with the band.
  8. Set the filled jars on the rack of the canner and lower them into the boiling water. Cover the canner and process the jars for 10 minutes (remember to adjust processing time according to the table in the notes if you live above 1000 feet in elevation).
  9. Turn the heat off and uncover the canner. Let the jars rest in the hot water for five minutes before you remove them. Set them on a kitchen towel on the counter to completely cool overnight.
  10. Check that the jars have sealed by pressing on the center of each lid. If there is no movement there it means that they are sealed. Wipe your jars and remove the bands before storing in the pantry for up to a year (I remove the bands because they tend to rust and it's sometimes hard to open the jar down the road. It's also easier for me to monitor what's happening inside the jar if the ring is not in the way).

Notes

Adjust processing time according to the table below if you live above 1000 feet in elevation...

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: One half-pint jar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 491Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 112gFiber: 15gSugar: 92gProtein: 6g

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