This Strawberry Preserves recipe is so easy and fun to do in the microwave.
Make the most of seasonal strawberries or use frozen berries, the results are equally good. Plus the homemade preserves have a quality and taste that no store bought variety can match.
When strawberries are abundant and cheap, it’s the time to make this Strawberry Preserves recipe. However if you are short on time, hull and quarter the strawberries and throw them into zip lock bags to freeze. Then you can make these preserves whenever you like.
Why you’ll love this recipe
I love making preserves in the microwave for a couple of reasons. Firstly I find that the fruit remains vibrant and there is less chance of burning the preserves.
Secondly, it is so quick. Within 30 minutes, your jam will be ready.
Making this Strawberry Preserves recipe is super easy and only takes 3 ingredients-
- lemon juice
- Cook quartered strawberries with lemon juice in the microwave for 5 minutes.
- Add the sugar and stir.
- Microwave on high for 15 minutes stopping every 5 minutes to stir.
- Bottle in sterilized jars while hot.
Tips for success and FAQ’s
- Sugar is needed to ensure this strawberry preserve sets. If the sugar is reduced in this recipe, the result will be thin, runny jam. So don’t reduce the sugar in this recipe!
- Don’t under cook. Under cooked preserves will taste fresh but may separate as it cools.
- Avoid doubling or tripling the batch. This strawberry preserves recipe will boil up and bubble over if you make more than this quantity.
This recipe has no added pectin but uses lemon juice to assist with setting. It is a science which I am not going to explain here but you could research it yourself. The lemon juice also helps preserve the spread.
This strawberry preserves recipe needs to be microwaved on high power for at least 15 minutes after adding the sugar to ensure a good set. Be sure to stir at 5 minute intervals.
After 15 minutes you can begin testing by dropping about ½ teaspoonful on a cold saucer. Place the saucer back in the fridge and after a few minutes check if the preserves has jelled. I usually find I need 3 – 5 minutes more.
This Strawberry Preserve recipe is wonderful in my Strawberry Crostata or over these super quick mini pancakes or simply spread on fresh bread. It’s an easy, fail proof recipe with delicious, fruity flavour. In fact, if you have never made preserves, this microwave Strawberry Preserves recipe will ensure you turn out perfect preserves every time.
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- 4 litres/16 cups capacity microwave safe bowl
- 4 cups (approx 1 pound or 500 grams) strawberries hulled and quartered
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 cups sugar
- Place strawberries in a large (4 litres/16 cups capacity) microwave safe bowl with the lemon juice. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. It should start smelling amazing already. Remove from microwave.
- Once you add the sugar the fruit won’t break down much more so if you want it smooth cook for a little longer.
- Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Return to the microwave, cook for 15 minutes on high, stopping every 5 minutes to stir and check. Don't leave unattended just in case it boils up and over the bowl.
- Pour into sterilized bottles. Seal.
- Be sure to use a very large bowl. The one I use has a capacity of 4 litres or 16 cups. The strawberry preserves will boil up and spill over if you have a small bowl and you’ll have a sticky mess!
- Don’t leave unattended while cooking just in case the strawberry preserves boil up and over the bowl.
- Sterilise jars in the microwave by washing and rinsing well. Leave jars wet and cook in the microwave for 60 seconds on high. Be careful when removing from microwave oven – they will be hot. Fill with strawberry preserves and seal immediately.