Low Sugar Strawberry Jam – Easily Made Sugar Free!

When I was a kid, I remember my Mom and my Aunt making jams and preserves. As an adult, life got in the way and I always said I was too busy to make homemade jams. In the last 7 or 8 years, I have gotten into making a plethora of jams and preserves. You name it, every fruit imaginable. This Strawberry Jam is a family favorite!

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Low Sugar Strawberry Jam

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Since I resumed making my own jams, I absolutely can not eat store bought! It is pure sugar! This Low Sugar Strawberry Jam literally tastes like a bit spring, anytime of the year! Just like biting into a fresh, juicy strawberry in June!

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Making jam has a bad reputation, as far as the difficulty of the process. With a few specialized tools, Jam making can fun and easy. This set of canning tools is cheap and saves so much time and so many burns! Which, of course, is key!

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The only other tool you need is a canning pot, which is cheap, as well.

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One great trick that I have found is that you don’t have to make all of the jams in the summer when it is hot and humid!

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Just freeze the fresh fruit as soon as you can after picking! Lay them out on a cookie sheet and freeze. Once they are frozen, you can pop them in a freezer bag and freeze. That way the fruit won’t all stick together and you can take out as much as you like, any time of year! I make a new batch of jam when we run out in the fall and winter, and then use up any frozen fruit that I have left in the freezer before the new batch of fruit the next year. That way we always have fresh jam, all year long!

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This jam can easily be made with no sugar to make it diabetic friendly! Use a sugar substitute or simply use just fruit!

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I hope you enjoyed the recipe for Low Sugar Strawberry Jam today! Give it a try! it’s not as hard as you think! Here is the first post I ever did on BCC which will show you the method (Excuse the pics, I was a newb!) Do you make your own jams and preserves? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and have fun cooking!

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Low Sugar Strawberry Jam JAr of opened jam next to a blue plate with a piece of toast with jelly and fresh strawberries on the side
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Low Sugar Strawberry Jam

This Low Sugar Strawberry Jam tastes like biting into a fresh strawberry all year long.

Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 8 oz. jars
Calories 120 kcal


  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped into pieces
  • 1/3 cup fruit juice or water
  • 3 tsp bottled lemon juice
  • 1.5 Tbsp Ball RealFruit™ Low or No-Sugar Pectin
  • 0- 1/2 cup sugar, sugar substitute, honey


  1. Prepare waterbath canner. Wash jars ad lids thoroughly in hot, soapy water and rinse well. Add jars to to canner and cover with water 1 inch above the jars. Boil jars for 10 minutes. Let jars sit in hot water until ready to use.

  2. Pour boiling water over lids and let sit in hot water until ready for use.

  3. Combine the fruit, juice or water and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil (one that can't be stirred down.), stirring constantly.  

  4. Add sugar, if using. Return mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam, if necessary.

  5. Ladle hot jam into hot jars. Cool to room temperature, if not canning. Then refrigerate immediately. 

  6. If preserving, ladle hot jam into the hot jars, leaving 1/4" headspace. Wipe rims clean with paper towel.. Center lids on jars. Apply bands and adjust to fingertip tight.

  7. Place filled jars in canner ensuring jars are covered by over 1" water. Bring to a gentle, steady boil.

  8. Process jars for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat. Let jars rest in hot water for 5 minutes.

  9. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down in the center, when pressed. Store jars in a cool place.

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42 thoughts on “Low Sugar Strawberry Jam – Easily Made Sugar Free!

    1. Binky Post author

      I have made several jams without pectin but they really are so much faster to make with the pectin! Thanks for your comment Helene!

  1. Jagruti

    This jam would have a lots of health benefits especially for diabetics. Thanks for sharing a sugar free recipe!

  2. Corina

    I’ve never made my own jam before but I definitely agree that a lot of the jam you buy is just pure sugar! So much healthier to make your own.

  3. Karen Kelly

    I have always been afraid to make jam but you make it look easy. I might have to dive in with all these fresh berries I’m swimming in. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Binky Post author

      It really is super easy, Karen. You don’t have to boil the jars in a canner, if you refrigerate the jam. Make small batches and freeze the berries for use later in the year! Thanks, Karen!

  4. Laura

    Love this jam and the photos. The blue plate is perfect for the strawberries jam. I will use your idea of freezing the fruit. We love scones in the winter and we are always short of strawberry jam.

    1. Binky Post author

      Good, Laura! That is a great tip! It is so hard to get everything done in the summer, when everything is fresh and coming all at once! I hope it works for you too!

    1. Binky Post author

      It is not even comparable to the stuff with the high fructose corn syrup! Hardly the same food! Thanks for your comment Andrea!

    1. Binky Post author

      Freezing the fruit is great because you have to make 10 batches in the summer when it’s sweltering hot. You can do it in the winter when you need some heat in the house! Thanks, Tara!


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