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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

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This classic strawberry rhubarb jam recipe is sure to win you over with its wonderful burst of fresh and fruity flavor!  Easy to make and includes canning instructions so you can make a bunch to last you through the year!

Spread this jam on our homemade English Crumpets for a truly delectable treat!

strawberry rhubarb jam recipe best homemade without pectin

Growing up I always looked forward to rhubarb season.  One of my favorite desserts that my mom made was rhubarb crumble.  Sweet and juicy rhubarb topped with a buttery oatmeal crumble with a big scoop of ice cream melting on top…it was always a family favorite.

We have a lot of rhubarb growing on our property and since splitting the crowns last year and again this year, we have plenty of rhubarb to go around.

One of my favorite ways to preserve it is to make rhubarb jam.  It’s delicious with rhubarb alone but coupled with strawberries it’s pure heaven.

rhubarb and strawberries

Don’t worry about the fact that we’re using less sugar than many recipes call for, it is plenty sweet as it is.

This strawberry rhubarb jam doesn’t call for pectin.  It thickens up through the long cooking process and the inclusion of the seeds from the lemon which are rich in pectin.  However, for a lighter/redder color and more slightly more jelly-like consistency, you can follow standard instructions for using pectin instead.

Whichever route you choose, I’m sure you’ll love the jam as much as we do and if you can it you enjoy that burst of fruity flavor all year long!

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Let’s get started!

Place the rhubarb and strawberries in a heavy medium-sized saucepan.  Add the sugar and the fresh lemon juice, reserving the lemon seeds.  Place the seeds in a sachet/tea bag/or bit of tied cheesecloth.

strawberry rhubarb jam recipe low sugar no pectin

Bring everything to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the lemon seeds/sachet in the mixture.   Continue to gently simmer the jam for about an hour, stirring occasionally, or until it reaches 220 degrees F.   You’ll know the jam is done when you spoon a bit of it onto a cold plate (place it in the freezer) and it sets.

This makes 4-5 cups of jam.

strawberry rhubarb jam recipe low sugar no pectin

Canning Instructions

For long-term storage (at least one year) can the jam as follows:  Sterilize 4 half-pint jars (or 2 pint jars) and their lids and bands.  Bring a water canner to a boil.

Fill the jars with jam leaving 1/4 inch headspace from the top.  Use a wet cloth or paper towel to wipe the rim to make sure it’s clean.  Place the lids on the jars and screw on the bands.

Carefully place the jars in the canner so they are not touching and so that they are covered by at least an inch of water.  Boil for 10 minutes.  Carefully remove the jars and let them sit undisturbed for 24 hours before storing them.  Store them in a dark, cool place and they will keep for at least a year.

Enjoy!

strawberry rhubarb jam recipe best homemade without pectin
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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

This classic jam is sure to win you over with its wonderful burst of flavor!
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine All
Servings 64 servings (4-5 cups)
Calories 40 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 5 cups rhubarb, washed, ends trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen), hulled and cut into halves
  • 3 cups cane sugar
  • Juice of one lemon, seeds reserved and placed in a sachet, tea bag or piece of tied cheesecloth (lemon seeds are a natural pectin replacement)

Instructions
 

  • Place all of the ingredients in a medium heavy saucepan.  Bring the ingredients to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the lemon seeds/sachet in the mixture.   Continue to gently simmer the jam for about an hour, stirring occasionally, or until it reaches 220 degrees F. 
  • If not canning, allow the jam to cool, pour into jars, cover and refrigerate.  The jam will keep for up to a month.  
    Makes 4-5 cups of jam.
  • For long-term storage (at least one year) can the jam as follows:  Sterilize 4 half-pint jars (or 2 pint jars) and their lids and bands.  Bring a water canner to a boil.
    Fill the jars with jam leaving 1/4 inch headspace from the top.  Use a wet cloth or paper towel to wipe the rim to make sure it's clean.  Place the lids on the jars and screw on the bands.
    Carefully place the jars in the canner so they are not touching and so that they are covered by at least an inch of water.  Boil for 10 minutes.  Carefully remove the jars and let them sit undisturbed for 24 hours before storing them.  Store them in a dark, cool place and they will keep for at least a year.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 10gPotassium: 37mgSugar: 9gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 4.7mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
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20 Comments

  1. You say put the lemon seeds/sache in with the partially cooked rhubarb. You only put the seeds in. Right not the piece of sachet or lon cloth. Thank you

  2. I made this last week and it was fabulous. Made some for my son and family. This week I am going to make it with my daughter. She wants to make it with Swerve. Not sure how it will turn out. She suggests cooking it without any Swerve and then add it near the end of cooking time. She does have a small amount of sugar products to add if the jam does not look like it will thicken like normal. She also has a box of pectin in case.
    If you have any suggestions please let us know. If not I will let you know how it turns out.
    My son-in-law is crazy about rhubarb. 😊

      1. Yep I needed the pectin at the end. Swerve makes the jam a little more tart but the family thought it was great.

  3. Looks yummy. Is this recipe as thick as high sugar jam? I tried another low sugar recipe and it was more like sauce than jam.

  4. My grandmother made this and brought it to the table hit. WE put it on hot buttered biscuits just out of the oven. To die for!

  5. wow! look so beautiful and interesting! This is my favorite. And thanks to this article I can do it myself