No-Cook Strawberry Jam
March 20, 2023 - by Tessa Wells
Summertime strawberries are a wonderful gift to us all - so full of flavor and succulent juice that boiling them into a traditional jam can almost feel like a tragedy! But I recently found a wonderful alternative - no-cook freezer jam! Freezer jam is able to maintain the incredible freshness and flavor of freshly picked strawberries and, as a bonus, requires no cooking whatsoever.
This simple, kid-friendly recipe uses chia seeds and pectin to create a thick and delightful spread. Whether on toast, oatmeal, yogurt, or dessert, this delicious jam adds a homemade touch to any meal. I have always appreciated traditional jam-making methods, but sometimes I simply do not have the time. Freezer jam offers a quick and convenient way to enjoy all the benefits of homemade jam without the lengthy process.
AUTHOR: Tessa Wells
PREP TIME: 15 minutes + 7 hours chilling in the refrigerator
COOK TIME: 7 hours chilling in the refrigerator
SERVINGS: 3 cups of jam
3 tablespoons chia seeds
3 tbsp. honey
2 tablespoons lemon
1 lb strawberries fresh or frozen and thawed ( blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries all work well too)
½ bottle liquid pectin
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
2-3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional, for a hint of acidity)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Wash and hull your strawberries or if using frozen berries let them defrost. Add honey and lemon juice.
Using an immersion blender, blend until you get the consistency you want. I like to leave a few chunks of strawberries in mine, other people like a smoother jam.
Add pectin and mix using the immersion blender for another minute or two.
Add chia seed and stir with a spoon.
Slowly pour the jam into mason jars and place in the fridge overnight. Jam is good for up to a week in the fridge. You can also keep it in the freezer for long-term storage.