Strawberry Preserves

This classic recipe transports you from your kitchen to summer in the countryside every time you open the lid.

Makes: 8Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hour 40 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 8


  • 4 cups ripe strawberries, mashed
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice


  • Mix sugar and berries in a bowl and let sit at room temperature for about 1 hour so they begin getting juicy.
  • Transfer to a pan. Add lemon juice and bring to a full rolling boil for 7 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Pour into 8 presterilized half-pint jars with 1⁄4 inch headspace. Process in a boiling-water bath for 10 minutes. May be kept for one year in dark, cool area.