Strawberry-Lime Vanilla Jam

I saw this jam the morning that Food in Jars posted it, and knew I had to go out and make some. I planned to go to the farmer’s market that morning, so I added some strawberries to my list. I thought the addition of the lime would be a nice touch; as an added bonus, I already had some home-grown limes that I friend had given me. Mmmm, Strawberry-lime vanilla jam. Thanks Food in Jars, for the inspiration!

strawberry lime vanilla: This jam perfectly captures those ripe summer strawberries into a sweet spreadable jam with a deep rich flavor from the vanilla. And, the tartness of the lime just gives it that right kick. #strawberry #summer #jam

A beautiful red color with little flecks of vanilla beans throughout

A jam with no added pectin. Adding pectin helps the jam set up, but necessitates more sugar, which dilutes the natural flavor of the fruit. I’ve done a couple other jams with no added pectin: Vanilla Scented Lemon Verbena Marmalade and Old-fashioned Raspberry.

strawberries: strawberry lime vanilla: This jam perfectly captures those ripe summer strawberries into a sweet spreadable jam with a deep rich flavor from the vanilla. And, the tartness of the lime just gives it that right kick. #strawberry #summer #jam

I love the combination of strawberries and lime, sweet and tart

strawberry lime vanilla: This jam perfectly captures those ripe summer strawberries into a sweet spreadable jam with a deep rich flavor from the vanilla. And, the tartness of the lime just gives it that right kick. #strawberry #summer #jam

Make sure you use fresh vanilla beans that are moist and pliable rather than dry brittle beans

This strawberry jam perfectly captures those ripe summer strawberries into a sweet spreadable jam with a deep rich flavor from the vanilla. And, the tartness of the lime just gives it that right kick. I left the strawberries in quarters to make a pretty presentation. However, for a more spreadable jam, chop the berries into smaller pieces. I also left the vanilla bean pods in the jam because I thought the presentation was nice. But, in my instructions, I recommend you remove them, just for ease of use.

strawberry lime vanilla: This jam perfectly captures those ripe summer strawberries into a sweet spreadable jam with a deep rich flavor from the vanilla. And, the tartness of the lime just gives it that right kick. #strawberry #summer #jam

The finished jam. I left the vanilla bean in for a pretty presentation, but for ease of use, I’d recommend taking it out.

The other thing I love about this jam is the small batch idea. I often shy away from making jam because it’s generally made in such large quantities. That’s great if you live on a farm and you really are preserving the harvest for those cold dreary winter months. But, here in sunny SoCal, in my little house, I don’t really have to worry about that. And, since I don’t really even go to the trouble of actually canning my preserves, I have to eat them all or give them all away pretty quickly.

jam over ricotta: strawberry lime vanilla: This jam perfectly captures those ripe summer strawberries into a sweet spreadable jam with a deep rich flavor from the vanilla. And, the tartness of the lime just gives it that right kick. #strawberry #summer #jam

The strawberry jam served over ricotta cheese; an excellent breakfast

Use this as a topping for vanilla ice cream or, spoon some over ricotta for breakfast. Of course, it’s great on toast. Little tarts could be made with it. Strawberry chicken could be really good. Or, mix a spoonful into a simple vinaigrette, and drizzle it over a spinach salad with chopped strawberries.

strawberry lime vanilla soda fiz!  This jam perfectly captures those ripe summer strawberries into a sweet spreadable jam with a deep rich flavor from the vanilla. And, the tartness of the lime just gives it that right kick. #strawberry #summer #jam

I’ve taken the jam and mixed it in some club soda for a refreshing summer drink (you could add some vodka for an adult version)

Strawberry-Lime Vanilla Jam
Adapted from Food in Jars

1 quart (approximately 4 cups) strawberries, chopped
2 cups sugar, divided use
2 vanilla beans, split and pulp scraped from inside the beans
1 lime, zested and juiced

Place the berries into a large bowl, and mix with 1 cup of sugar, the vanilla beans and vanilla seeds. Allow the berries to macerate for at least 2-3 hours. A thick, rich sugary syrup will develop. (The berries could be used as is at this stage for a dessert topping or a fruit salad.)

Prepare three half pint jars.

Pour macerated strawberries into a large pot and add the remaining cup of sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer until the jam reaches 220 degrees on your candy thermometer. Add the lime zest and juice in the final 5 minutes of cooking. Remove the vanilla bean pods.

To test for doneness: dip a cool metal spoon into the hot fruit. Immediately lift it out and away from the steam and turn it horizontally. At the beginning of the cooking process, the liquid will drip off in light, syrupy drops. Try again a minute or two later, and the drops will be heavier. The jam is done when the drops are very thick and two run together before falling off the spoon.

Transfer cooked marmalade to clean ready jars. I don’t actually go through the canning process, but if you would like to do so, please follow the instructions from the USDA’s National Center for Home Food Preservation or the official site from the makers of Ball jars.

strawberry lime vanilla soda fiz!  This jam perfectly captures those ripe summer strawberries into a sweet spreadable jam with a deep rich flavor from the vanilla. And, the tartness of the lime just gives it that right kick. #strawberry #summer #jam

I’ve quartered my strawberries for a more whole berry look, feel free to chop them into smaller pieces for more spread-ability

sugared berries: strawberry lime vanilla soda fiz!  This jam perfectly captures those ripe summer strawberries into a sweet spreadable jam with a deep rich flavor from the vanilla. And, the tartness of the lime just gives it that right kick. #strawberry #summer #jam

I’ve added the sugar to the berries, I’ll add the vanilla and then macerate them for a few hours

macerated berries: strawberry lime vanilla soda fiz!  This jam perfectly captures those ripe summer strawberries into a sweet spreadable jam with a deep rich flavor from the vanilla. And, the tartness of the lime just gives it that right kick. #strawberry #summer #jam

The berries have macerated for a few hours, and a thick rich syrup has developed

strawberry lime vanilla jam!  This jam perfectly captures those ripe summer strawberries into a sweet spreadable jam with a deep rich flavor from the vanilla. And, the tartness of the lime just gives it that right kick. #strawberry #summer #jam

The macerated berries with vanilla would be a lovely fruit salad, you could also add orange segments, pears, raspberries, or any fruit that tickles your fancy.

lime: v

The lime has been zested and I’ll juice it. It’s ready to be added to the cooked berry jam.

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  1. says

    I wonder what happens if I don’t use vanilla. I priced it at the grocery and it was over $12.00 for one bean in a jar. Could vanilla extract be used instead? I guess I will have to try and see how it is without the bean.

  2. Levi says

    I inadvertantly made this a couple of weeks ago. I made a batch of Strawberry Lime jam and a batch of Strawberry Vanilla Bean jam and had a little bit leftover of each. I just put both in one container. VERY GOOD!!!! I used a TON of lime zest – it might be too much for some, but I really dig it.

  3. Crystal B says

    Found this today and just had to make it this afternoon as I had all the ingredients on hand! My batch ended up being 5 half pints though…..but that isn’t exactly anything to complain about! It is in the water-bath canner right now :) thanks for a great recipe. Kids, the hubs and I all couldn’t stop licking the pot!

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