Strawberry Vanilla Jam – Low in Sugar, High in Flavour

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I came up with this recipe after trying a few recipes for Thermomix strawberry jam that were just way too sweet for us.

My Strawberry Vanilla Jam recipe uses a small amount of sugar, as far as jam recipes go. It has been incredibly popular amongst the Bexta’s.

The Best Jars for Storing Thermomix Strawberry Vanilla Jam

I can’t stress enough that when making jam it’s important to use quality jars, using brand new lids each time you preserve a new batch of something in them.

Using cheap jars you run the risk of them cracking, which no one wants when they’ve just spent time making delicious jams!

Re-using lids means they are not going to be as reliable with holding an airtight seal as new lids. New lids are cheap and worth it, rather than risk contaminated preserves.

I have used Ball Mason jars for many years, which can be purchased at a reasonable price from Big W. You’ll find their range of Ball products here. My preference in size for jam preserving are these jars. The lids for Ball jars are here.

More recently I’ve purchased some Kilner jars. They have a good reputation and have been great for me.

Water Bathing: How to get the Maximum Shelf Life from Homemade Jams

Water bathing is the process of boiling filled jars of freshly made hot jam (or other preserves) in plenty of water for an appropriate amount of time.

The purpose of water bathing is to kill any potential pathogens, ensuring nothing will grow in your jam while it’s sitting unopened. It also drives out air, which can cause the food to spoil. This causes a vacuum seal.

Some equipment you will need for water bathing, is:

As above, good quality jars with new lids.

A large pot.

A round cake cooling rack (that fits in the bottom of your large pot).

A jar lifter.

A jam funnel.

For an easy to follow, comprehensive guide on exactly how to water bath, this is a great resource.

More Great Thermomix Jam Recipes

I have a couple of other jam recipes here on the website, both are equally as delicious as this one!

Perfect Peach Jam

Spiced Fig, Honey and Lemon Jam

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Thermobexta’s Strawberry Vanilla Jam

With just enough sugar for the ingredients to morph in to jam, we're not overpowering the natural sweetness and flavour of the strawberries.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Strawberry jam, Strawberry vanilla jam, Thermomix jam, Thermomix strawberry jam, Thermomix strawberry vanilla jam
Servings: 3 jars
Calories: 468kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 apple quartered and cored (Note 1)
  • 1 kg strawberries hulled (hulled weight)
  • 300 g coconut sugar or rapadura (Note 2)
  • 1 vanilla bean quartered (or 1 heaped tsp vanilla powder, or 2-3 tsp vanilla extract)

Instructions

  • Place apple in mixer bowl. Blitz 4 seconds/speed 6/MC on.
  • Add strawberries and sugar. Roughly chop a few seconds/speed 4/MC on.
  • Add vanilla. Cook 45 minutes/steaming temperature/(or 115 for TM5 and TM6 users)/speed 2/MC off, with the basket on top of the lid to prevent splatter. (Note 3).
  • Pour jam into sterilised jars and put the lids on immediately. Leave to cool completely, up the correct way – do not turn them upside down. Store in the pantry until opening, then in the fridge after opening. For a longer shelf life, see Note 4.

Notes

Note 1: The apple is in this recipe as the pectin it contains will set the jam – leave the skin on. Green apples contain more pectin than red apples, but both types contain enough pectin to do the job, so use whichever you have on hand.
Note 2: I highly recommend using rapadura or coconut sugar in this recipe and do not replace with raw/white sugar. Rapadura and coconut sugar give the most divine flavour to the jam. Also, I have seen people having issues with the jam coming out the top of the bowl during cooking when sugars other than those recommended.
Note 3: I have never made a batch of this jam that hasn’t been ready after 45 minutes. If you want to be sure the texture is to your liking, place a saucer into the freezer before you start cooking. When the 45 minutes is up, spoon a small amount of jam onto your cold saucer. It will set almost immediately to the consistency the jam will be at when it cools. If you want it thicker, cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.
Note 4: Please ensure you use good quality jars, like Ball Mason (you can pick these up at Big W). For the longest shelf life, water bathe your filled jars of jam. To do this, place them into a large stock pot, cover with water and bring to the boil. Boil for 15-20 minutes. Leave in the pot until the water cools, or remove them very carefully and leave to cool on your kitchen bench. Preserves will last like this for a very long time. If you choose to not water bathe them, they will be fine to keep sealed in the pantry for at least 9 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1jar | Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 121g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 88g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 199mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note, nutrition information is calculated via an online recipe nutrition calculator and is a guide only. It is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed 100% accurate. I am not a nutritionist or trained health professional.

Tried this recipe?Please rate it and leave feedback in the comments section below, or mention @Thermobexta or tag #Thermobexta on Instagram.
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Robyn
7 years ago

Bec if using frozen strawberries do they need to be thawed?

Robyn
7 years ago
Reply to  Thermobexta

Thanks very much for that quick response!

Jenny Martin
Jenny Martin
7 years ago

I aplologise for my vagueness, but did you peel and core the apple first? Thanks

Danni
7 years ago

I had a massive fail with ‘another popular’ strawberry and vanilla one so I was so excited to read yours and try it. The directions are wonderfully detailed and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing your awesome recipe.

Mich
Mich
7 years ago

Perfect Jam thank you. Perfect thickness too, my children and fussy husband loved it x

Jo
Jo
7 years ago

Can Vanilla paste be used instead of vanilla powder? And if using regular white or raw sugar, will the same quantity work?

Tracy Gronberg
Tracy Gronberg
7 years ago

Just made 2 lots of 1kg last night and bottled and water bathed for Xmas gifts.. I checked it as 45mins with the plate and it was all set, nice and thick. I love this jam as it is not too sweet, it is just right. Thanks Bec for such a great recipe that sets every time I make it 🙂

Suzie
Suzie
7 years ago

Amazing Bec! So delicious, I’m making up jars of this jam to go in Xmas hampers as gifts x

Amanda
Amanda
7 years ago

I am so excited to try this Bec! It’s going into my Xmas hampers this year! Where do you buy your vanilla powder?

brooke
brooke
7 years ago

This was the first jam I made in my thermomix. I don’t think ill ever go looking for another jam recipe. This is the BEST JAM ever!!!!!

Kathleen Asprea
Kathleen Asprea
7 years ago

Best jam EVER! Hands down!

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