Strawberry Jam (honey sweetened, pectin free)

This strawberry jam is honey sweetened and pectin free! You only need 1/4 cup honey for 2 pounds of berries, which means this jam is bursting with strawberry flavor (rather than sugar!) Naturally paleo, grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free.

Honey Sweetened Strawberry Jam (without pectin and naturally paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free)

I went strawberry picking for the first time ever on Sunday. It was amazing. Strawberries were only 2.40 eur/kg ($1.35/lb) and cherries were 2.20 eur/kg ($1.27/lb). I have never tasted such juicy and sweet strawberries. It was ridiculous. We picked 15 pounds of strawberries and then we transported them home in a bag. Everyone else had box-like cardboard baskets and that should have been a sign that we also needed such things.

We rented a car but we had to walk and use public transportation to and from the car and home. By the time we got home, all 15 pounds were smushed. That meant I had to process them all immediately and being as it was Sunday, I couldn’t go and buy pectin from the grocery store. So here we have a pectin free recipe. :)

This strawberry jam was SO good. I’m guessing it was because of the most-amazing-strawberries-ever, but I hope it’s still good using normal strawberries. I bought some strawberries today to use in my pictures and eating them was just depressing. They’re nowhere as sweet and juicy as the other ones. :(

Honey Sweetened Strawberry Jam (without pectin and naturally paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free)

I never buy jam because of all the sugar in it. I think I used relatively little honey here, but if your strawberries aren’t very sweet, I think you’d have to add more. Just keep adding more until it suits you. Really, these strawberries were like candy! I can’t wait to go back next year.

I was worried that my honey jam wouldn’t taste nearly as good as with white sugar but I was wrong. Really, really wrong! At the beginning, when you mix everything together, you can taste the honey. After a few minutes of boiling, all you can taste is strawberries with a lemony zing. And don’t leave out the lemon juice! It’s necessary due to the lack of pectin (or at least that’s what I’ve read).

Honey Sweetened Strawberry Jam (without pectin and naturally paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free)

I have no clue how to can things and don’t know if this is suitable for canning so I’m just going to say that you should keep this strawberry jam in the fridge and eat within a week or so. In reality, I’ll keep it in there for longer than a week but I don’t want anyone to get sick because of me. So, one week it is. :) It also freezes well!

Honey Sweetened Strawberry Jam (naturally paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free)

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Strawberry Jam (honey sweetened, pectin free)
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  • Yield: A 600ml (20oz) jar


  • 920 grams / 2 pounds (~6 1/2 cups smushed) rinsed off, patted dry, and hulled really sweet strawberries
  • 70 grams (~1/4 cup) honey
  • 3 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Place the strawberries in a large pot and smush with the bottom of a glass. Add the honey, lemon zest and lemon juice and heat over medium high.
  2. Boil, stirring every now and then, until the mixture thickens. With my really soft and juicy strawberries, this took about 45 minutes. It could take more or less time depending on your strawberries.
  3. To test, put some of the jam on a clean spoon and then put the spoon on a plate in the freezer. Let it sit in there for five minutes and then take it out. If the jam doesn’t fall easily off the spoon when you turn it to the side, it’s ready and you can take the pot off the heat. If it does pour off easily, continue cooking for another 5 minutes and try the test again.
  4. Let cool and then pour into jars and store in the fridge and for up 1 week.

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  • Brigitte says
    December 20, 2017 @ 4:36 pm

    Would this recipe work with other berries as well? Such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.
    Looking forward to giving this recipe a try – this will be my first ever attempt at making jam.

    • Erin replies to Brigitte
      December 20, 2017 @ 8:50 pm

      Hello! I’ve used this with other types of fruit with no issue. You might just have to adjust the honey a bit. I used super sweet strawberries, which are way sweeter than other types of berries, so you’ll likely need quite a bit more honey or other sweetener. Hope it turns out well. :)

  • Fatima says
    October 4, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

    Hi Erin, I wonder if I could use frozen strawberries? When its not strawberry season I tend to use frozen.

    • Erin replies to Fatima
      October 5, 2017 @ 6:31 am

      Hi there! Frozen will work fine as long as the berries are actually sweet. If your frozen strawberries are anything like mine (which aren’t sweet or really even flavorful), you may need to add more honey!

  • Monica
    July 12, 2017 @ 8:58 pm

    Waaayy too much lemon!!!! I made half of the amount and had to add 3 more tablespoons of honey and it’s still too sour! Next time I’ll add only 1/4 teaspoon of lemon, maybe 1/8 tsp.

    • Erin replies to Monica
      July 16, 2017 @ 6:22 pm

      Maybe your berries weren’t sweet enough? I’ve never thought that this jam was very lemony at all!


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