Strawberry jam

Strawberry jam



  • 500g strawberries, hulled, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice



Place strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a very large microwave-safe bowl.

Leave for 15 minutes to allow the strawberries to soften.

Place in the microwave and cook on HIGH for 4 minutes, stopping every minute to stir the jam to ensure sugar is dissolved.

Microwave a further 25-30 minutes on HIGH, stirring every 5 minutes or until the jam reaches setting point. (To check, place a spoonful of jam on a chilled saucer and place it in the freezer for 2-3 minutes. Run a spoon through the jam and if it stays in two separate portions it is set.)

Leave to cool for a few minutes and pour into a sterilised jar and seal.


  • Ensure you use a very large bowl because the jam will bubble up as it cooks, and this prevents a mess.
  • It makes me feel proud to pull out a pot of homemade jam and I love serving this up with scones.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.


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