Simple Strawberry Jam- in the Bread Machine!

David and I both are wannabe minimalists. You’d never guess it by looking in our kitchen though, as we have gadgets galore! The majority of them have been generously gifted to us over the years and I’ll admit, they’ve been a lot of fun to use. We have the basic crockpot and a $5 toaster that we love, but somehow we’ve also accumulated an electric pressure cooker, a sous vide stick, a dehydrator and an immersion blender.

Then there is the mac daddy of all the gadgets- our bread machine! I’ve used it to make fresh, fluffy loaves of bread, dough for pizza and rolls and most recently, I’ve ventured into its JAM setting. After all, what else are you supposed to do with gallons of freshly picked strawberries?

bread machine strawberry jam- strawberriesYes, this machine can make both bread and fresh jam and thinking about that kind of snack combo is enough to transform me into a heart-eye emoji.

bread machine strawberry jam- simpleThe awesome thing is- it’s ridiculously easy. In fact, this post is much more of a COOL YOU CAN MAKE JAM IN A BREADMAKER post than a recipe because it only takes 3 ingredients.

  • breadmaker jam- ingredients3 cups of diced strawberries (or fruit of choice)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice.

That’s it! Load it into the bread maker and set it to jam.

bread machine strawberry jam- jam cycleThe jam cycle takes an hour and 20 minutes, but I love that after the 5 minute prep, it’s all hands off.

Now there are a few ways to get your ideal jam texture. You can mash the strawberries a bit before hitting go on the bread maker or you can use an immersion blender afterwards (briefly- just a few pulses) to make it a bit more smooth.

bread machine strawberry jam- immersion blenderThe jam will thicken overnight in the fridge, but will still be fairly fluid, like a super thick strawberry syrup, perfect for topping biscuits, mixing in with peanut butter for a delicious sandwich or drizzling over yogurt or ice cream.

If you prefer your jam even thicker, you can add 2-3 ounces of commercial pectin. Fruit contains natural pectic (under ripe fruit contains more, so you may want to use a mix of ripe and slightly under ripe strawberries), but if you like your finished product stickier, you can certainly add pectin.

bread machine strawberry jam- easyThis fresh jam will last up to 3 weeks in the fridge, but I know it won’t last that long in our house. I’ve already pulled a Joey (any fellow FRIENDS lovers?) and have been eating it with a spoon.

I’m hoping to make a few more batches (each batch makes 2 cups of jam) before strawberry season slips away and can jars for future use/gifts.

simple strawberry jam made in the bread machine with just 3 ingredientsAnd now I’m super excited about all the jam possibilities- blackberry… peach… hot pepper?!

What’s your favorite flavor of jam?

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