Welcome to my Instant Pot Strawberry Jam recipe. An easy to make strawberry jam recipe loaded with fresh strawberries and perfect for when you have more strawberries than you can handle. Prepare it into spare glass jars and use it whenever you fancy a strawberry jam fix.
What? You said Homemade Strawberry Jam in the Instant Pot? Well count me in. Wherever that is happening I want some!
Like many 30 somethings that grew up in the North of England in the 80s and 90s strawberry jam was a staple of the diet. You always had at least one jar of it in the door of the fridge and then whenever you had some spare bread, then out would come some bread, butter and strawberry jam.
It was always amazing and always felt like something luxury when it reality it was not. It was cheap to make, delicious and nearly always served for breakfast on a Saturday morning.
My most fond memories were always of my paternal grandparents serving it up. They loved their jam or marmalade on toast. On a Saturday they would start the day with a single boiled egg, followed by loads of buttery toast with lots of strawberry jam or orange marmalade.
I never cared much for the marmalade as I always thought that it tasted disgusting (and still do) but the strawberry jam with the melted butter was out of this world amazing.
It would have come from either the supermarket or a Yorkshire jam and pickle shop.
But on the other hand if you have fresh strawberries and an Instant Pot then making your own Instant Pot Strawberry Jam is an absolute must.
When we made our first batch in the Instant Pot we were so, so tired. It was a heat wave and the temperatures was well into the 40’s and we felt like we had been suffocating from global warming. We had also been up all night comforting our under 3s. As if there is something a toddler and a baby don’t like then it is super hot houses.
But we had a lot of strawberries that needed using up. It was a case of them being super hot and we needed to use them up before they turned and went mouldy. So here we are on little sleep in the heat making strawberry jam.
Thankfully the great thing about the Instant Pot is that it is quick and effortless. You probably put more effort into sterilising the jam jars or eating the jam than you do in making the jam.
Plus as homemade strawberry jam is often 5 ingredients or less than it becomes something super frugal to have in your kitchen.
Here in Portugal everything is always about frugality. So its no surprise that in the hospitals all they seem to give you to snack on is bread and jam. There was so much of it when I was in hospital having my kids that by the time I came out, I didn’t touch jam for a long time.
Well until now that is!
When we made this Instant Pot Strawberry Jam version it made loads of jars and gave us the chance to give some to our next door neighbour. She is a lovely elderly lady and is always giving us fresh fruit and vegetables from her allotment so it gave us the chance to give some back.
Plus even though I love strawberry jam I struggle to eat it all in a reasonable time, so a big batch like this would last me months.
So let me take you back to childhood with some Best of British Strawberry Jam. And next time you have some spare jam, fresh scones or want a roly poly then you know what to do with it!
More Family Recipes In The Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Bite Sized BBQ Pork Ribs
- Instant Pot Beef Pot Roast
- Instant Pot Bacalhau Bake
- Instant Pot Turkey Risotto
- Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein
- Instant Pot Coconut King Prawns
Instant Pot Strawberry Jam
- Wash and de-core your strawberries. Dice the strawberries in half.
- Place the strawberries in the Instant Pot. Pour the sugar and the juice from the orange over the strawberries. Let them sit there and release the juice from the strawberries for half an hour.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set it to sealing and cook on manual for 4 minutes.
- When it beeps (after the 4 minutes) turn off the Instant Pot but allow natural pressure release.
- Once it has finished with natural pressure release, remove the lid, pour the mixture into a blender, blend until rough but not quite smooth. Then spoon into sterilised jam jars.
- Fridge and keep for whenever you want some jam!
I spent months collecting lots of small glass jars to use for my jam. Mainly because we don’t eat much processed foods so we hardly have any. But if you want a quick way of getting them then try these.
When you get your fresh strawberries, have a good look through them for bad ones. You can often end up with a bad one that will spoil the flavour for the rest. So take your time to throw out any that have gone off.
The idea with the first part of the strawberry jam is that the strawberries are just sitting there taking in the sugar and orange. No need to place the lid on or do anything, just sit there and relax while they do their thing!
Its very important that you sterilise the jam jars. The hubby who worked as a chef and is obsessed with health and hygiene says that the easiest way to do them is with a large pan. Clean the pan with boiling water, add the jam jars and fill them with boiling water, add the lids too so that the lids are floating, then leave them to rest for an hour. Then dry them with clean kitchen towel. I find the best thing to do is to do this first and then these will be done by the time you need them.
Instant Pot Strawberry Jam Recipe Podcast
We also have created a short version of the recipe into a Podcast. We have loaded it up onto our Itunes account and it is great for a quick download and then you can save it to your phone and then have it in your kitchen with you as you cook.