Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam with Sure-Jell

June 10, 2021
Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam

Hey, y’all! There are few foods that I associate more with my childhood than Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam. Growing up in Southern Kentucky, I’ve hardly ever known a time where I couldn’t find homemade freezer jam in a mason jar in the kitchen. It’s multi-faceted, in that you can use it on toast, pound cake, or a multitude of other treats. However, if you’re like me, sometimes you will just crave a spoon-full (no judgement here…)! The best part? It’s SO easy to make!

Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam

Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam

What Is Freezer Jam?

Freezer Jam can be made with a multitude of fruits; at its core, it’s a combination of fruit, pectin (Sure-Jell), and sugar. It’s a very simple process that leads to great reward!


What sort of container should I use?

My top recommendation is to use a mason/glass jar with a lid.

How long does freezer jam keep in the freezer?

Freezer jam is best-used in the freezer in a one year (12 month) period.

How long does freezer jam keep for in the refrigerator?

Freezer jam is best-used in the refrigerator in a 3-5 week time period.

fresh southern fruit, berries

What Fruits Can You Make Freezer Jam With Using Sure-Jell

Though this recipe is for Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam, there are many varieties of fruit that you can make freezer jam with — some varieties include: apricot, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, peach, mango, and raspberry.

toast with jam

The Recipe

The key to making the best homemade strawberry freezer jam is to use the highest-quality of strawberries. The batch that you are seeing in these photos was made using strawberries grown by a close family friend, Henry, here in Kentucky. It’s best to make freezer jam when the fruit of choice is in-season.

Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam

Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam with Sure-Jell

JC Phelps
Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam is immensely easy to make, as it only requires three ingredients: fruit, pectin, and sugar. Enjoy, y'all!
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Resting Time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 5 cups
Calories 653 kcal


  • 4 c fresh strawberries
  • 4 c sugar
  • 1 box Sure-Jell
  • 3/4 c water


  • Remove and discard strawberry stems. Crush strawberries. 4 cups of fresh strawberries should yield roughly 2 cups of crushed strawberries. Use ONLY 2 cups of freshly-crushed strawberries in the recipe.
  • Add 4 cups of sugar to the crushed strawberries. Do not reduce the amount of sugar/use sugar substitutes; it will result in setting failures.
  • Stir 1 package of Sure-Jell Premium Fruit Pectin and 3/4 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  • Add pectin mixture to fruit + sugar mixture. Stir for 3 minutes or until sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Pour freezer jam mixture into mason jars, leaving 1/2 inch spaces at the top for expansion during freezing. Cover tightly with a lid.
  • Allow the freezer jam to stand at room temperature for 24 hours (or until fully set). Refrigerate for immediate use; freeze for future use.


Sodium: 5mgCalcium: 21mgVitamin C: 68mgVitamin A: 14IUSugar: 165gFiber: 2gPotassium: 179mgCalories: 653kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 1gProtein: 1gCarbohydrates: 168gIron: 1mg
Keyword freezer jam, homemade strawberry freezer jam, jam, strawberry jam
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Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam

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Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam
  • Reply
    September 9, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    Have made preserves for years. This year I have made 3 different ones. Strawberry,peach and hot pepper. None of them set. Has something changed in the sure jell.

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