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Strawberry jam in a white bowl with a gold spoon.

Easy Bourbon Strawberry Jam Recipe (no pectin, no canning)

  • Author: pate giltner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 3-4 cups 1x
  • Category: Jam
  • Method: cooking
  • Cuisine: american


This is the easiest recipe for delicious homemade strawberry jam! It's made without pectin and canning, and it's as simple as simmering strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, and bourbon until thick. 


Units Scale
  1. 2 lb strawberries cut in half's
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 1/2 cup bourbon
  4. 1 table lemon juice


  1. Put a small plate in the freezer.
  2. A wide pot mix the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and bourbon and set aside for about 30 minutes or until the sugar and bourbon has started to break down the strawberries.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Reduce temperature to medium and simmer until mixture begins to thicken, 20-40 minutes. Keep stirring, so nothing sticks to the pot.
  5. Once the mixture starts to thicken, put a tablespoon of the mixture on the plate in the freezer and freeze for 1 minute. Test the gelling point of the jam by pushing your finger up against the cold jam and if it done, it will wrinkle.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Pour the jam into jars, and they will keep for 2-3 weeks. 


Your jam will continue to thicken as it cools, so it's important to start testing it as soon as it starts to thicken so you don't overcook it. 

Keywords: Strawberry jam, bourbon