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Amazing Black Pepper Strawberry Jam Recipe

Strawberries, balsamic vinegar and black pepper make the best strawberry jam recipe. Trust me when I say that this amazing black pepper strawberry jam is a real winner!


This strawberry jam recipe was never what I contemplated making.

However the simplicity of this jam and the flavors that this created were so new and fresh and truly addictive, that I thought I should give it a try.

I love this jam as part of an appetizer on lemon thyme crackers with goat cheese.

And I love it straight up on toast. It also brings a whole new dimension to pb and j!

I’ve used it as a filling in cakes. As an ice cream and pound cake topping, and for biscuits.

That combo just makes my mouth water. 

My dream life requires me to have an open pantry lined with jars of  glassy preserves, (like this amazing black pepper strawberry jam) and shelves of  dill garlic pickles and canned red heirloom tomatoes.

And last but not least; fresh honey.

There is something about this vision of neatly stacked, colorful jars that makes me feel so orderly, so secure, so well taken care of.

That same dream also has loaves of fresh, warm bread coming out of the oven and cookies on the counter.

Did I mention the goats in the yard and the free range chickens?

Lots of dogs and cats and kids would be good too. A horse, please, too.

A few bah-bahs- a few moo-moos- by God, just get me the ranch.

Baking I’ m good at. No problems with yeast or sugar in this house.

Except, of course, eating  it way too often.

But a pressure cooker in this house? Science fiction to me.

And a thermometer? I struggle with them every year when I make fudge.

Usually it turns out great, but sometimes I get a batch of hard flint.

And canning? I think the warnings of botulism always kept me from trying.

Seriously. I don’t like lighting matches either.

My mom put the fear of God in me when it came to matches.

Probably because she smoked when I was a child.

Thanks to mom, I still can’t light a match!

I use one of those lighter things where you press a button. I can’t even flick the Bic.

Black Pepper Strawberry Jam recipe

I’ve always wanted to preserve things, but it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.

Now there are plenty of recipes out there that don’t require canning or boiling or thermometers.

And given that strawberry season is ending I searched for my old strawberry jam recipe from Gourmet, so I could make this easy, no fail, amazing black pepper strawberry jam.

It is so full of strawberry flavor and has that hidden, can’t put your finger on it, taste.

And if I can make it, so can you! But you, whoever you are, probably make canned jams.

In any case, you will still love this recipe for strawberry black pepper jam, because it is a glorious, ambrosial jam.

No canning, no thermometers, no set test needed. Just a clock, a pot, and some ripe strawberries!

Homemade strawberry jam is decadent.

Yes, you can tell a difference from grocery shelf brands.

Black Pepper Strawberry jam with a spoonful of jam and fresh strawberries

If you are like me you will leave more whole berries in your self made, homemade strawberry jam.

Those fruit filled bites are what makes this jam so special.

By all means just make this easy strawberry jam recipe. You won’t be sorry.

And if the thought of black pepper scares you, just leave it out.

However everyone loves this, just the way it is. Especially on these scones.

Now get over your fear of jam making, because within 1/2 hour this glorious strawberry jam can be yours!

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Black Pepper Strawberry Jam

Amazing Black Pepper Strawberry Jam

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 1-8 oz jar 1x
  • Category: Preserves
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


Strawberries, balsamic vinegar and black pepper make the best strawberry jam recipe. Trust me when I say that this amazing black pepper strawberry jam is a real winner!


Units Scale

2 c hulled, washed strawberries (some cut in quarters, halves and wholes) (depending on how jelly or preserve like you prefer your jam)
1 1/2 c sugar
3 T balsamic vinegar
3 T water
1 t freshly ground black pepper


Combine all ingredients in a deep pot. Bring slowly to a boil. (Really. Don’t let this boil over or you won’t think this is so easy.)

While this is coming to a boil, mash some of the fruit so it combines with the sugar. Stir it all together well.

After it comes to a rolling boil, let it boil for 15 to 20 minutes or until the fruit has become darker and somewhat thick.(Here in the mile high I let it boil about 17 minutes and that is not scientific, but the set point of jam is 211 in Denver, 220 at sea level, so you can check it if you want. There is also a cool saucer test if you like, but I’ve never tried it.)

Stir the mixture here and there. You will see scum. It is that foamy stuff. Under it is the glistening red juice. Skim the scum so your jam will be pretty.

After 15 minutes, remove from heat. Let cool. Jam will thicken more on cooling and then more so when placed in the fridge.

After it has cooled, spoon into a nice clean jar. This keeps at least a month in the coolness of your fridge-but it won’t last that long! Jam can also be frozen.





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Abbe Odenwalder

Monday 22nd of July 2013

Thanks Kalyan! It is mouthwatering and sweet and delicious!

Kalyan Panja

Sunday 21st of July 2013

Just mouthwatering...looks delicious!


Sunday 21st of July 2013

Your black pepper strawberry jam sounds amazing. What a great way to preserve the flavors of the summer. :)

Abbe Odenwalder

Monday 22nd of July 2013

And a quick way, too Amy. I know you will like this. It is right up your alley!

Anita-Clare Field

Saturday 20th of July 2013


Abbe Odenwalder

Saturday 20th of July 2013

Thanks Anita! It is yummy. And I'm so happy you visited! :)


Saturday 20th of July 2013

Wowieeeee, these look AMAZING!

Abbe Odenwalder

Saturday 20th of July 2013

Try it Cquek! It is amazing. Thanks for visiing!