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Super Simple Microwave Strawberry Jam

This microwave strawberry jam recipe is super simple! You only need berries, lemon juice, sugar, and a bit of salt. No pectin or fancy canning equipment required so it's the perfect recipe to try when cooking with kids.

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If you follow us on Instagram you know that we recently went strawberry picking together! Perfect days like this make me realize that we are forming her childhood memories right now. 

We could hardly wait to share with you the first recipe we made with our harvest which was a super simple microwave strawberry jam!

Wash and trim a cup of strawberries. Our preschooler always uses her kid safe knife to cut food when we're cooking. 

Squish them up in a large microwave safe bowl. We love using our potato masher for tasks like this!

Our berries are good and squished! That looks perfect! Add 1/4 cup of sugar and a sprinkle of salt.

Roll a lemon on the counter or a table. This gets the juice ready to squeeze and it's also great fine motor practice!

This is the first time E used our citrus juicer. After a quick demonstartion from me she did a fabulous job!

Add the juice of half of a lemon or one tablespoon. Stir the ingredients well. It's ready to cook!

Please make sure that you are using a bowl that is large enough! The mixture will bubble up as it cooks so we put a plate under the bowl in the microwave just in case it spilled over.

Cook the jam in the microwave for four minutes or until the mixture bubbles the whole way to the top of the bowl. Take it out and stir (I did this part without my preschooler since the dishes were hot!) and cook again once more in the microwave for the same amount of time.

Refrigerate the jam until it has solidified. It's delicious on toast but won't keep as long as canned jam so we make this small amount to eat over a few days for breakfast! YUM!

More Cooking with Kids Recipes:

Other J is for Jam Recipes:

Orange Strawberry Jam Surprise Muffins from The Educators' Spin On It

Jam and Cream Cheese Bites from Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails

Jam Tarts from Mum in the Madhouse

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  1. I have never sucessfully managed jam. You make it look so simple. I will have to try the microwave way

  2. I never knew you could do Jam in the microwave. I'll have to give this ago next time we run out as always have strawberries and lemon around.

  3. I had no idea you could make jam in the microwave! We will definitely try this.