The Ultimate Strawberry Jam The Ultimate Strawberry Jam

The Ultimate Strawberry Jam Image by: Jeff Coulson

Celebrate strawberry season with this classic ruby-red jam. The vanilla bean is what makes this the ultimate jam recipe -- it elevates the flavour and scent to warm, heady heights. For all you purists out there, simply omit the vanilla.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: June 2014


  • 12 cups strawberries hulled
  • 1 pkg light pectin
  • 4 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean


In large Dutch oven or preserving pot and using potato masher, mash strawberries, 1 cup at a time, to measure 6 cups fruit.

Mix pectin with 1/4 cup of the sugar; stir into berries. Halve vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out seeds; stir seeds and pod into berries. Bring to full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Stir in remaining sugar and return to full rolling boil; boil hard, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir, skimming off foam, for 5 minutes. Discard vanilla pod.

Pour into eight hot 1-cup (250 mL) canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch (5 mm) headspace. Cover with prepared discs. Screw on bands until resistance is met; increase to fingertip tight. Transfer jars to boiling water canner; boil for 10 minutes.

Turn off heat. Uncover and let stand in canner for 5 minutes. Lift up rack. Using canning tongs, transfer jars to cooling rack; let cool undisturbed for 24 hours.

Change it up: Straight-up Strawberry Jam
Omit vanilla bean. Continue with recipe as directed.

Nutritional facts per 1 tbsp: about

  • Sodium 1 mg
  • Sugars 8 g
  • Calories 32.0
  • Total fat 0 g
  • Potassium 17 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Total carbohydrate 8 g


  • Iron 1.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 0.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 0.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 0.0
  • Vitamin C 7.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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The Ultimate Strawberry Jam