Capture summer in a jar with this Homemade Strawberry Jam made from fresh, ripe strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice and no preservatives.

Fresh springtime strawberries.

An annual ritual has begun here. It's a ritual so old and deeply ingrained that I can't remember a time when I didn't do it. It began in my childhood and has continued right on through to today.

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Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 1 hour

For this recipe, you'll need 4 cups of halved fresh strawberries. I purchased two baskets to make sure I had enough and we had leftovers for several strawberry shortcakes.

Mix the berries with the sugar in a non-reactive pan (stainless or enamel). Cover the pan and let the berries stand for 8 hours. Stir the mixture occasionally just to distribute the sugar through the berries.

After the 8 hours of standing time, bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the lemon juice, return to boiling and allow to boil rapidly for 5 minutes.

After 24 hours, add the butter and bring the mixture to a full boil over high heat.

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