Microwave Strawberry Jam

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Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

22-23 mins

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Capture the flavors of summer with this extremely versatile, no-fuss jam! Skip the constant stirring—simply combine berries, sugar, and lemon juice and let your microwave do the work. Using half-power, you can create a rustic, sweet spread in no time. This jam is perfect for spreading on toast, mixing into yogurt, or using it as a topping for desserts. Not only is this recipe incredibly easy, but it's also adaptable. You can swap out strawberries for other fresh berries such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, or even a mix of your favorites. The result is always a delicious, homemade jam that brings the taste of summer to your kitchen year-round.

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Dish

The Medium Deep Dish

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (225g) fresh strawberries, diced or sliced 
  • ½ cup (100g) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice


Preparation

  1. Add the fruit, sugar, and lemon into the Anyday dish and mix well. Allow the fruit to macerate for 5-10 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved into a thick, syrup-like consistency. 
  2. Cook uncovered at Power Level 6tooltip for 22-23 minutes or until the fruit has softened and the syrup coats the back of a rubber spatula. Note that the jam will look loose at this point and it will thicken as it cools. The cooking time will also depend on the ripeness of the fruit or if you are using frozen berries. 
  3. Allow the jam to fully cool before using. Jam can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.


Serving suggestions & tips

  • This recipe is very versatile! You can use any in-season berry such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries— fresh or frozen. Follow the same fruit-to-sugar ratio and keep in mind that the total cook time might change, depending on the size and freshness of the berries.
  • Looking to make a sweet and spicy spread to pair with cheese? Add a pinch of chili flakes to the ingredients and cook as directed
  • Use the jam in yogurt parfaits, cake or ice cream filling, cocktails, and any other application to your liking.


Recipe notes

  • If using frozen strawberries, you may need to add up to 10 more minutes of cooking time so make sure to keep an eye for visual cues.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

All You Need to Know About Making Strawberry Jam in the Microwave

Can You Make Jam in the Microwave?

Yes, you can make jam in the microwave! It's a quick and easy method that requires minimal stirring and results in delicious homemade jam. The best part is that it cooks quickly, preserving the fruit's fresh flavors and vibrant colors, unlike stovetop methods that take longer.

How Long Does It Take to Make Jam in the Microwave?

Making jam in the microwave typically takes about 20 minutes, depending on the type of fruit used and the wattage of your microwave. Fun fact: The traditional stovetop method takes three times longer!

How Long Can I Store Microwave Jam?

Store the jam in an Anyday dish with the lid on for extra freshness, refrigerated for up to 8 days. This jam recipe does not include instructions for pasteurizing the final product, which would make it shelf-stable. For more information about jarring or pasteurizing jams, follow any expert guidelines.

Can You Use Frozen Fruit to Make Microwave Jam?

Yes, you can use frozen fruit to make a microwave jam. Be sure to thaw the fruit first and then follow the same steps as you would with fresh fruit, as recommended above.

Do You Need Pectin to Make Microwave Jam?

Pectin is not necessary to make microwave jam, making it the most accessible method out there! You can literally make fresh jam anytime the craving strikes!

How Do You Know When Microwave Jam Is Ready?

Microwave jam is ready when it has thickened and coats the back of a spoon. It will continue to set as it cools, so avoid overcooking. Look for a syrup-like consistency for a signal that your jam is ready.

Is Microwave Jam Just as Good as Stovetop Jam?

Yes, microwave jam can be just as flavorful and delicious as stovetop jam. The microwave method preserves the fresh taste of the fruit and creates a vibrant, sweet spread in a fraction of the time.

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