Minimal sugar and no thickeners: how to make good strawberry jam, says Olha Sumska

Iryna MelnichenkoLS Food
Recipe for delicious strawberry jam
Recipe for delicious strawberry jam. Source:

Strawberry jam is one of the most delicious, flavorful berry treats that you need to know how to cook properly so that it is not runny and tasteless, without adding thickeners. It is worth noting that several safe products will give a special flavor to jam, and these are citrus fruits.

How to make delicious strawberry jam at home

Ukrainian actress and TV presenter Olha Sumska shared a recipe for a delicious, thick, and transparent strawberry jam with orange slices and lemon juice on Instagram, which will give the jam an incredible color.

Strawberry jam recipe

A tip from the star: to make the jam thick, do not remove the foam during cooking, as this is a real, natural thickener. Also, cook the jam over high heat. Citrus fruits will add color and a special flavor to the jam.

Orange for jam
Do not leave the stove for half an hour, stir constantly. This is the main condition!


  • Strawberries – 1 kg
Strawberries for jam
  • Sugar – 200 g
Lemon juice
  • Lemon juice 1/2 pc. or citric acid a teaspoon per kilogram
  • Orange – two slices with peel

Method of preparation:

1. Wash and peel the strawberries.

Homegrown strawberries

2. Chop the strawberries, put them in a bowl to make the jam, add sugar, mix, and leave for 1 hour to let the berries juice.

Do not grind strawberries for jam

3. Squeeze the juice of a lemon, finely chop 2 slices of orange, and add to the strawberries, and mix.

Lemon for jam

4. Put the jam on medium heat and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent it from burning.

Homemade jam

5. Once the jam is completely cooked, pour it hot into sterile jars, close the lids, turn the jars upside down, and let them cool completely.

Ready-made strawberry jam

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