Crock-Pot Strawberry Preserves




I had some leftover strawberries that I wanted to use before they went bad. Making strawberry Preserves was perfect. I prefer to use the warm feature on the crock-pot. If yours does not have this, the low will be okay but watch your time and stir well. If you have an older crock-pot, the low setting will work just fine.

Crock-Pot Strawberry Preserves

Crock-Pot Strawberry Preserves

Ingredients

3 Pints Strawberries
3/4 Cup Sugar
2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice

Instructions

  1. Wash, remove stems and quarter strawberries.
  2. Add strawberries and lemon juice to crock-pot.
  3. Cook on low for 1 hour.
  4. With a fork, smash the strawberries.
  5. Add sugar (start with 1/4 and add more if too tart).
  6. Cook on Warm (no warm setting, use low) for 6-8 hours with lid ajar until strawberries thicken.
  7. Makes 1 1/2 half pint jars of preserves.
  8. Hot water bath or refrigerate.
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Comments

  1. Mary says

    So–this recipe is really close to my mom’s strawberry freezer jam recipe. I wanted to make her recipe–but had some frozen strawberries I needed to use up. I saw this and realized that I could at least do part. So–I used the crock pot to heat up the strawberries (and some of the lemon juice) until they could be easily mashed. Then I heated up the strawberry mush with some sugar. I realized at this point that I had forgotten to use pectin–so altered the recipe again to use Jello–found a recipe on line calling for about 2.5 cups of strawberries (about how much I had)–2 packages of Jello, and 3 cups of sugar. So–I boiled 1.5 packages of Jello (matching the flavors)–and also added a jar of homemade strawberry rhubarb jelly that I purchased, but did not love the taste of (it needed WAY more sugar). Anyway–boiled for 3 minutes–and put into jars :) Then I even had to foil lid some of my jars cause the lids weren’t wide enough (weird!)–but since they were going in the freezer I didn’t worry about it. Sometime I’ll try this full recipe–include the steam bath–I’ve never steam bathed jam before–so am happy to find out that it’s possible!! But thank you for the inspiration to use the crock pot at least for the initial stage of the jam! Made everything else so much easier….even if I kind of had to “make it up” as I went :)

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