Strawberry and vanilla bean jam

strawberry vanilla bean jam
November 21st, 2013

Last weekend was my parents-in-law’s 35th wedding anniversary celebration. I had been obsessing with that surprise party project for more than 10 months so I’m an extremely glad that everything turned out to be perfect. We rented a gorgeous fancy room at the National Arts Centre and got some amazing catered food but most of the planning and decoration was DIY.

This summer, my husband and I decided that we would offer individual jam jars as party favours. I went looking for a recipe and found this one, it was perfect since strawberries were in season and were available by the truckload at our local farmer’s market.

This jam might be a little thicker than you are used to getting from the store but it’s soooo good!

DO NOT double this recipe, it won’t set because of the reduced surface area to volume ratio. Science science, bla bla bla.


Strawberry and vanilla bean jam

Yield: 12x125ml jars


8 cups (2 dry qts or 1.4 kg) ripe strawberries, hulled and chopped
5 cups (1 kg) granulated sugar, divided into 1 cup and 4 cups
2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
2 lemons, zest and juice
6 oz. (170 ml) liquid pectin (two packets)



  1. Macerate the strawberries and vanilla beans in 1 cup of sugar. Stir and refrigerate overnight in a non-reactive bowl.
  2. Place the berry mixture, lemon zest and juice and the rest of the sugar in a non-reactive pot and bring to a frothy boil. Cook until it reduces to a syrupy consistency (20 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat and take out the vanilla bean pods out with chopsticks and mash the berries with a potato masher.
  4. Add pectin and return to a boil until the jam reaches a temperature of 220°F/105°C . Let the jam boil at that temperature for 2 minutes. Remove the jam from heat and start ladling jam into the jars, leaving 1/2-inch head space.

You do not have to can the jam, it will stay good in the refrigerator for months. I canned mine. Make sure you follow the directions that come with your jars for canning and processing. I wrote a post on it here.


If you are looking to print out jar labels, you can download the ones that I made here. I stole the strawberry outline from a free clipart website so hopefully I’m not breaking any rules by distributing these :(

strawberry vanilla bean jam


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