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Simple Strawberry Vanilla Jam

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The Simplest Jam EVER!  One pan, 4 ingredients and 30 minutes is all you need to bottle up the taste and aroma of fresh strawberries.  Lucky this Strawberry Vanilla Jam is so easy to make because it won’t last long.

Strawberry Vanilla Jam

For several months every year, we have a period where strawberries are at ridiculously low prices.  I’m talking 1kg for as little as $4.  Sweeeet!  And these aren’t ‘seconds’ at this price.  These are top quality, ‘scoff them down now’ strawberries.

I must qualify this however, as part of the reason we get such ridiculous prices is because we actually live in a strawberry growing region.  There are multiple farms in our local area that supply all over Australia which means our local markets are stocked to the hilt with these little beauties.

The added benefit of this means they have travelled low kilometres and are super fresh.

So what to do with all these strawberries – apart from eat them straight out of the packet?  Well there is Strawberry Muffins and Strawberry Bread, but…there is also Strawberry Vanilla Jam.

Jam making can be daunting for even seasoned cooks, but not this jam.  It’s a manageable quantity (only 1 punnet of strawberries), throw all the ingredients in one pot and out will come 1 jar of jam.  Trust me, it’s as simple as that.

Don’t feel the need to set time aside, just cook this up while doing dinner and you’ll have a jar ready for breakfast in the morning.

The other great thing about this jam is there is no need to mess around with setting agents – the apple does that job (plenty of pectin in them apples).

Simple Strawberry & Vanilla Jam

One pan, one jar, 4 ingredients and 30 minutes is all you need to capture the taste and fragrance of fresh strawberries.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Preserve
Servings: 250 ml
Author: The Klutzy Cook


  • 250 g fresh strawberries 1 punnet, washed, hulled, chopped
  • 1 green apple chopped (including seeds)
  • ¾ cup sugar rapadura
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Put all ingredients into a small saucepan and over moderate heat.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook at a gentle boil for around 30 minutes. While cooking, place the saucepan lid loosely over the pan so that a small amount of steam can escape.
  • When the mixture is done, the texture will change from 'foamy' in appearance to a more glossy finish. Remove from heat and pour into a sterilised jar.
  • The mixture may be chunky, depending on how finely the fruit was chopped up at the start. if you want it smoother, simply mash with a fork - the fruit will break up easily - before pouring into the jar.


- While a sterilised jar isn't critical, particularly if the jam will be eaten quickly, the cleaner the jar or container, the less chance of contamination and mould forming.
- You can easily scale the recipe to make larger quantities, however the cooking time may need to be adjusted.
- The recipe can be easily done in a 'thermo' machine. For step 2 cook for 18 minutes/varoma/speed 1.

So, grab yourself some strawberries and try making jam today 🙂

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