Quick One Punnet Strawberry Jam (1st Prize Winning)

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Quick One Punnet Strawberry Jam

We interrupt this blog post to announce that today (19 July 2014) One Punnet Strawberry Jam won 1st Prize in the Byfleet Parish Day Show! Second year running that I’ve won, last yeari was my Peach & Apricot Jam! End of boast!

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Sometimes you want something nice and you want it now. This was me the other day when I wanted some nice homemade jam to put into a Victoria Sandwich. Inspired by watching the contestants of Great British Bake Off I decided to knock up a small batch of jam using the remainder of a large box of strawberries I had in the fridge. Not having planned my jam I didn’t have any sterilised jars to hand so just grabbed a short glass from my dishwasher and put it in a warm oven. The beauty of this jam is that you don’t need to own a huge preserving pan as your largest saucepan should be fine. I used half my jam in my Victoria Sandwich and the other half was enjoyed with scones and clotted cream. My first attempt had far too much lemon juice in it so I reduced it to 1 tsp for my second attempt which was perfect; I don’t like stiff jam that you can stand a spoon up in! My husband didn’t notice anything wrong with my first batch and I overheard him raving about it and the Victoria Sandwich to his mother!

Simple, fast, easy, preserve,

You can scale my Quick One Punnet Strawberry Jam recipe to whatever size punnet of strawberries you have – it’s just equal fruit to sugar and then scale the lemon juice up as necessary. If you’ve never made jam before I hope that this simple and quick recipe will inspire you to take the plunge – you can have delicious jam potted up within 20 minutes (the actual jam only takes about 10 minutes to make)!

As my Quick One Punnet Strawberry Jam is made with seasonal fruit I am entering it into Four Seasons Food Spring challenge run by Louisa at Eat Your Veg who is hosting and Anneli of Delicieux. For the same reason I’m also entering Ren Behan’s Simple & in Season challenge.  I’m entering Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w’luv Made with Love Mondays challenge as my jam is made from scratch with all natural ingredients. Finally I’m also entering Recipe of the Week run by Emily at A Mummy Too!

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Quick One Punnet Strawberry Jam
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Super quick delicious strawberry jam made from a small punnet of strawberries!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 1 - 2 jars
  • 230g Hulled strawberries, washed & dryed (1 punnet)
  • 230g Granulated sugar (equal to strawberry weight)
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • A knob of unsalted butter (optional)
  1. Put the strawberries in a large saucepan and crush with a masher.
  2. Add the sugar and lemon juice.
  3. Heat gently, stirring with a wooden spoon until all the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Bring to the boil and time for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Test a drop of jam on a chilled plate and place in the fridge for 30 seconds.
  6. Run your finger through the drop and if tacky it’s ready.
  7. If not boil for another minute and retest until ready.
  8. Skim any scum off the top with a spoon and add a knob of butter to disperse any remaining scum if you wish.
  9. Ladle into 2 small jars or 1 large (400 ml)l jar (see notes below) and seal with lid/s immediately. You can alternatively use a glass with a wax paper disc, leave to cool and then put cellophane on with a rubber band.
Before you start:
Put 2 saucers in the freezer.
Sterilise jars by washing in hot soapy water (or take straight from dishwasher), fill with boiling water, empty and then place in oven for 20 minutes at 140°C where you leave them until the jam is ready. Washed lids should be sterilised with boiling water and then left to drain.


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  1. Clare

    had 2 punnets of strawberries in fridge out of date today looking a bit soft just used your recipe, blooming lovely 1 large jar 2 smaller ones really pleased with it thank you

    1. Camilla

      Great Clare, so glad you like the recipe-)

      1. Clare

        had 2 punnets of strawberries in fridge out of date today looking a bit soft just used your recipe, blooming lovely 1 large jar 2 smaller ones really pleased with it thank you It was just so easy tastes great

        1. Camilla

          Fabulous Clare:-)

  2. Deb

    Hi. How long does this jam last & can you store as for all other ‘long version’ recipes? Thanks

    1. Camilla

      Hi Debs, yes you can store this jam for as long as any other jam, usually best within a year but can last way beyond (in a cool, dark place, I use my garage). Once open keep in the fridge and eat within 3 months but I really don’t think storage will be a problem as you’ll want to eat it all up:-)

  3. John

    Currently eating a pineapple version of this, tastes great. Needed to boil for about seven minutes. No need to conserve it as it won’t last long, lol.

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous John, never had pineapple jam:-)

  4. Berni Lonergan

    Can’t wait to try this just nipping out for strawberries now! Wish me luck!! X

    1. Camilla

      Excellent:-) How did it go?

  5. Jenny

    As you have mentioned your jam will last twelve months and when open keep in the fridge how lon can it safely stay in the fridge once opened. Thanks I’m off shopping to buy some jars and ingredients so I’ve got some jam for chistmas,a new kitchen,new jam and a lovel Xmas what more can I want.

    1. Camilla

      Jam can last years and once open in fridge it will last as long as any other jam but depends on whether it gets contaminated with a dirty knife etc but I’m pretty sure once you open this jam you won’t find any storage problems as it will be gone before you know it! I would say it would be best eaten within 3 months but again it may last longer. I have never had to test the time though as this recipe is a small batch one for one punnet so gets eaten really quickly!

  6. Suzy

    Hi I had a glut of strawberries from my sons garden and made this jam for him in August 10 jars to be precise. He opened his first jar today as he works abroad. The problem is that is has set but not enough to stay on the bread in a thick layer just about manage a thin spread.
    Please is there a way I can save the other 9 jars i.e. is it possible to reboil Really only good enough as a delicious strawberry sauce. Thank you in anticipation Suzy

    1. Camilla

      Hi Suzy, yes just tip it back into the pan, re-sterilise the jars and carry on boiling until you form a crinkle on a chilled saucer. This recipe was designed for a small amount of strawberries so I’m not sure what weight you used but there is a weight at which jam isn’t happy but perhaps your jars aren’t huge. I did have similar happen to me recently with my Greengage Jam which you can read about here: https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/greengage-jam-and-what-to-do-when-your-jam-is-too-runny/ Hope you get your jam “fixed”:-) x

      1. Suzy

        Hi Just to let you know I did what you said and reboiled the jam and it WORKED HOORAY I wish I knew that before as I made Apple Jelly for Xmas fete and it set in the middle of the jars and when I turned them upside down the solid mass flopped down. Many thanks for your advice Regards Suzy x

        1. Camilla

          Yay, glad you saved all your fruit and hard work:-) Camilla x

  7. Angie

    Have never made Strawberry Jam before, was so easy and everybody loved it, about to make more

    1. Camilla

      Excellent Angie, so glad you liked it:-)

  8. James

    Just made this and it tastes great. It was so quick that I could do it while my toddler had a nap!

    1. Camilla

      Excellent James, so glad you like it:-)

  9. Hayley Gilfoyle

    I made your jam!
    Its super easy and yummy, just wondering how long it will keep for, roughly.
    Thanks hails

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Hayley:-) At least a year if not longer but I don’t think you’ll be able to resist it for that long:-) Keep in a cool dark place and once opened in the fridge:-) Camilla x

  10. Roslyn Kerr

    Made this jam with my 7 year old niece and we loved it! Delicious and easy…thanks alot!

    1. Camilla

      That’s great Roslyn, thank you so much for letting me know and so glad you like it:)

  11. Sam McKean

    You can’t beat a good homemade strawberry jam and i’m always buying strawberries on clearance!

    1. Camilla

      Totally true:-)

  12. Richard Eldred Hawes

    I do like strawberry jam on my toast in the morning

    1. Camilla

      Fab, hope you get to make this quick recipe:-)

  13. Ashley

    How should I store the jam and for how long is it good?

    1. Camilla

      Once open it’s best to keep it in the fridge. I don’t think storage will be an issue as it’s so delicious but should last in the fridge until you’ve finished it, which in our house is about 2 weeks but I’m sure it would be good for 2 – 3 months or more. If it hasn’t been opened jam will keep in a cool dark place for at least a year and often far, far longer! Again this shouldn’t be an issue with such a small batch;-)

      1. Ashley

        Thank you! I made it and it’s yummy!

        1. Camilla

          Brilliant, glad you liked it:-)

  14. Hazel Rea

    Such a great idea – next summer we will use it to make jam with Hapil from the PYO farm – this variety is not available in supermarkets as it does not travel well but it has the most amazing flavour.

    1. Camilla

      Sounds great:-)

  15. Lesley

    Thank you Camilla, My husband and l have retired and now live in France with our daughter, son in law and three teenage granddaughters. This is our first year here and I have started making jellies and jams for the first time in many years. Principally using the glut of apples we have from the orchard and the mint which is rampant our hedgerows. However I had some strawberries and thought I would look for a recipe on the web that was easy and reasonably quick.
    Wow ! I have just finished making your recipe and again, WOW ! So quick and easy and tasty, so tasty that two of the girls were dipping teaspoons into the final jar and eating the still warm jam ! If that isn’t a great recommendation, I don’t know what is. I will need to go and buy some more berries and make some more because I have a feeling the 3 remaining jars won’t last long !
    We have plenty of big juicy wild rose hips, so I was wondering if you have a good recipe using these. I think I remember my grandmother saying you shouldn’t pick them until after the first frost, is that correct ?

    1. Camilla

      Lesley, so glad you like the jam and love the sound of your hedgerows. I only started my foray into jam making in the last 3 years and love it so much but I’m afraid I’ve never cooked with rosehips so can’t help on that one! If you’ve got lots of apples do check out my Plum & Apple Jam and Blackberry & Apple Jam both of which I’m sure you’d love:-) https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/plum-apple-jam/ & https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/easy-blackberry-apple-jam/

  16. Rebecca

    Many thanks for posting as with this recipe I was award 1st place in a class of 6 at the Churchdown Show last Saturday 🙂 The only change I made was to use Jam Sugar simply because that’s what I had in the cupboard.

    1. Camilla

      That’s so funny, winning an award with my award winning jam LOL:-) Nice to know it can win awards elsewhere too:-)

  17. Tracy Nixon

    This sounds gorgeous! A must have for scones and cream!

    1. Camilla

      Definitely good for scones & cream;-)

  18. Kirsty Fox

    Great idea, I had loads of strawberries left over last week from strawberry picking and didn’t know what to do with them, so I chucked them away, I wish I had seen this earlier.

    1. Camilla

      Oh goodness Kirsty you could have frozen them!

  19. Ursula Hunt

    Bet you were thrilled to win first prize, I would have been!

    1. Camilla

      Yes, couldn’t believe I’d won 2nd time in a row and it wasn’t even the jam I intended to enter but a mishap with a cherry one meant I used this one!

  20. Angie Hoggett

    brilliant recipe, thanks for sharing!

  21. Leila Benhamida

    Well done, love strawberries

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Leila:-)

  22. Clare

    Great simple recipe with brilliant results, thank you!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Clare, glad you liked it:-)

  23. Marie Jones

    I’ve just used made Raspberry jam using this recipe. It’s worked as well as with the strawberrys. i also sieved some to see if I could make seedless jam and this worked as well. thrilled!

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, my hubby hates seeds but I refuse to sieve anything LOL:-) More for the rest of us!

      1. Marie Jones

        Haha. I hate seeds so I didn’t get to eat the strawberry jam. Seen as though I’m making it I want to eat it this time!

        1. Camilla

          I don’t know – he says he doesn’t eat seeds but if I make a cake or pudding he’ll often cave in and has eaten my jams with seeds. You won’t catch him ever eating a blueberry though, unless it’s in a cake!

          1. Marie Jones

            If you like blueberry’s then you should try this recipe:

          2. Camilla

            I’m afraid I couldn’t publish the recipe as it already exists on the internet.

  24. Marie Jones

    I’m going to try making this jam for my Mother’s Day Afternoon tea. Not made jam before but this seems a good recipe for my first time. Fingers crossed!

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous, good luck! Do let me know how it goes.

      1. Marie Jones

        I’ve made the jam. It look likes yours. I don’t like jam with bits in so it’ll be up my family to let me know how good it is,haha.

        1. Camilla

          Yay, I’m sure it’ll be great:-)

          1. Marie Jones

            Hi,my family loved the jam and were so surprised that I’d made it in such a short time. I shall use this recipe again. Have you tried using other fruit like blackberrys?

          2. Camilla

            Hi Marie, so glad they loved it. No I haven’t tried it with any other fruits but I’m sure someone did it with raspberries. There’s no reason why it wouldn’t work with blackberries but I do have the best/easiest Blackberry & Apple Jam if you’re interested – it regularly peaks as my number 1 post every summer:-) https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/easy-blackberry-apple-jam/

          3. Marie Jones

            Thanks. I shall try the other recipe. we have an apple tree and in a few months I’m alaways looking for stuff to do with apples. If I try it with raspberrys I will let you know how it goes.

          4. Camilla

            Fab, happy jam making:-)

  25. Jane

    Made this during the week, found it easy to do and it tasted great. Not too sweet…I’ve never tested jam for set in this way but it came out fab!

    Many thanks

    1. Camilla

      Great, so pleased you liked it:-) Thanks for letting me know:)

  26. Kaci Soderstrom

    Congratulations! Great easy recipe for strawberry jam. Lovely.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  27. Niori

    Congratulations….favourited the recipe as I adore homemade strawberry jam.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  28. Maddy

    yay! Congratulations on winning 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  29. Nicola

    I made this last night and it turned out great! Thanks for a fab recipe Camilla 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Fab, so glad you enjoyed it:-)

  30. Prettyplease26

    I’m definitely going to get some strawberries and do this when I get paid. Yummy you’ve made me hungry 🙂

  31. Heather Haigh

    Oh I like this We have a local market twice a week that sells strawberries dead cheap but they need to be used fast. This is perfect for market day.

    1. Camilla

      Ah but jam is best made with really fresh fruit as the pectin levels are higher so you might need to up the lemon juice if the strawberries are very ripe!

  32. Carolyn Clapham

    I had a go at this last night, but I think I let it boil a bit too hard, and some bits caramelized on the pan. Oh well, it isn’t perfect but it’s still good enough to use, so it won’t be wasted.
    I’ll just have to try and do better next time.

    1. Camilla

      Possibly not all the sugar dissolved in the first stage or maybe you didn’t stir – it’s not possible to over boil jam. I’ve only ever had one jam disaster where I didn’t stir and had black soot at the bottom of the jam and had to bin as the whole batch was tainted:-(

  33. Krissie

    Mmmm strawberry jam! This looks yum!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Krissie:-)

  34. Jayne Sullivan

    Such an easy to follow recipe. Thank you Camilla.

    1. Camilla

      My pleasure:-)

  35. Paul Wilson

    That’ll be very handy this summer.

  36. Jackie Chapman

    I haven’t made jam for years, you have inspired me to give it a go!

    1. Camilla


  37. Stephanie Coals

    This looks like a wonderful things to do with the children one afternoon and they would also make fantastic presents to their grandparents or teachers 🙂 fabulous!

    1. Camilla

      I’d be nervous of kids helping with the hot jam bit but yes I get my daughter to help mash the strawberries:-)

  38. Ritu

    will definately try this, my daughters would love it !

  39. Louisa Foti

    Great idea to make just one punnet’s worth at a time. I’m often put off by the enormous process of making jam but to make a quickie pot like this is not at all daunting. Thanks so much for linking up to May’s Four Seasons Food event.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it’s nice to just make it on a whim:-)

  40. Lou | Crumbs & Corkscrews

    I’ve been sat here thinking about what to do with leftover strawberries this weekend; and this is absolutely perfect. I’m off to sterlise some jam jars… Thank you 🙂

    1. Camilla


  41. Laura Carroll

    This looks yummy 🙂 I like making jam so I’ll give this a try! It’ll give me an excuse to have lots of cream teas to eat it all up 😀

    1. Camilla

      Fab, I’ve made 3 batches now, doubled my last lot to 500g which is the max I could fit in a large ordinary pan:-)

  42. Judith Luscombe

    This jam is delicious, would be fabulous with some cornish clotted cream and scones.

  43. MaWeir

    I will need to try this recipe. I was desperate to have a cheese and Jam sandwich last week but had no jam left in the cupboard 🙁

  44. angiehoggett

    Gorgeous, I’m definitely going to try this and make some scones to go with it xx

  45. Anthony

    Have to try this recipe. Never tried making jams but I’m a very keen cook and the recipe looks very simple. Will let you know how I get on..

    1. Camilla

      So glad to have inspired you, even my sister has made it not ever having made jam before!

  46. Heather Haigh

    I have never been brave enough to make jam. It always seemed such a complicated affair. But the instuctions in this are so clear, and it looks so tempting, I do want to have a go. Added it to my favourite bookmarks until market day when I dan go get some strawberries. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, so glad to have inspired you:-) It really is easy peasy!

  47. ashleigh

    Sounds easy and delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you – it really is:-)

  48. Helen

    What a fab idea – it’s the huge volumes involved that usually put me off making jam! I might give this a go with blueberries, as we’re big fans of blueberry jam in this house. Yum yum yum!

    1. Camilla

      Fab, do let me know how you get on:-)

  49. Kirsty - Hijacked by Twins

    I love making jams, this one looks lovely! I have made a plum and strawberry one which was delicious x #RecipeoftheWeek

    1. Camilla

      Lovely I’ve not tried making that combination but have done plum and apple which has become one of my favourites:-)

  50. Julie's Family Kitchen

    You make it sound easy, I’ll have to try it out. Most jam recipes make too much, this sounds just right.

    1. Camilla

      It is super easy:-) Well you say too much but it does keep well in a dark place and I have got through all the jam I made last year but admitadly I did give samples away to family too:-)

  51. Galina V

    Lovely to see a recipe for a small amount of berries.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Galina – just because we don’t have bags of time doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the finer things in life:-)

  52. Ursula Hunt

    Thank you for an easy jam recipe that doesn’t make too much

    1. Camilla


  53. Carolyn Clapham

    That sounds easy. As soon as my strawberries in the garden are ready, I’ll give this a go.
    One question – is it one teaspoon or one tablespoon of lemon juice? It looks like a teaspoon, but that sounds so little that I thought I’d better check first 🙂

    1. Camilla

      It is one teaspoon, I tried one tablespoon in my first batch and it was far too stiff so I adapted for second batch which worked perfectly:-)

  54. Miss. Lucinda Fountain

    I have never made my own Jam before. Your recipe looks REALLY SIMPLE and so i am certainly going to give it a go!! Especially as it also seems very quick

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, thsi is exactly why I posted this recipe:-)

  55. Maya Russell

    Thank you for this straightforward jam recipe. It does make me want to make jam!

    1. Camilla

      Fab, do let me know how you get on if you do. It’s so easy:-)

  56. Deena Kakaya

    A simple and easy recipe (and that’s a fabulous thing!) the bright and clean red of your jam and the tacky consistency show how well executed your recipe actually is x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Deena, I’m on a one woman mission to get more people making jam as it is so enjoyable and far superior to supermarket stuff:-)

  57. Mel

    Yummy! I have not made jam for years and you have inspired me to try again with this easy recipe. Mel #RecipeoftheWeek

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, glad to spread the jam love:-)

  58. Jenny @ The Brick Castle

    That really does sound incredibly easy and very doable. I’ve never made jam because it’s always seemed epic, but this makes it much more accessible 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, I love making recipes easy and accessible:-) I do hope you give it a go!

  59. Javelin Warrior

    I think an easy jam is an absolute must to know how to make. And while I say this, I have yet to attempt it 🙂 This looks fantastic, Camilla, and so easy I don’t see how any once could resist. Definitely a welcome change from the over-gelled bottled stuff…

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark – there’s no excuse now, go on, you’ll be hooked:-)

  60. Elizabeth

    Mmmm yum! This looks superb! I really ought to make more of an effort to make jam. I’ve loads of jam sugar in the pantry from last year’s attempts which never really got anywhere after the first fail! Spent a fortune on six preserving jars too!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth:-) I made my 1st Strawberry Jam on blog with preserving sugar and after making loads of jam realise it’s not nice (makes stiff jam) and it’s not necessary as lemon juice will do the same job naturally without chemicals in preserving sugar.

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