Activity: Easy Strawberry Preserve made by little hands

Last weekend we tried our hands at a fun little cooking activity with a rather satisfying payout!

The kids (with appropriate supervision) made a super easy 3 ingredient strawberry preserve that got slathered on buttery toast at the end! uuummmYUM!


  • Strawberries, chopped
  • Lemon Juice, a few tablespoons
  • Sugar or Jaggery

Ratio of strawberries to sugar/jaggery: 2:1


  • In a saucepan, throw in the diced strawberries and sugar
  • Leave on sim until nice and pulpy
  • Keep stirring until the desired consistency is achieved
  • Add the lime juice after it cools down a bit
  • Store away in a sterile glass jar

Enjoy on buttered toast, chapatis, yoghurt, crackers etc.

Zero Pectin Strawberry Jam

The other day I had a fellow mum ask me to upload an easy to make strawberry jam recipe after reading the post on the carrot jam. That’s when I realised, how on earth did it not occur to me to make some strawberry jam? Especially since they’re in season. So thank you Shilpa Sharma. This one’s for you.

The jam was super easy to make and there was no need to add any pectin to it either. I personally like the natural, preserve like texture, so not adding the pectin worked just fine for me. It turned out to be all too delicious and T couldn’t wait to lap up the ‘daam’ off the roti!

Since there are no preservatives added to this jam I’d recommend quick consumption.


Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and cut
  • 1/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla pod, scraped (optional)
  • 3 tablespoon of water




  • Hull and chop the fresh strawberries in a bowl
  • Cover them with the sugar and water and let them stand at room temperature for about an hour till the juices are released
  • Cook on medium heat for about 15-20 mins constantly stirring until the mix turns syrupy and looks glazed
  • Remove from the heat and let it cool
  • Consume immediately or store in a mason jar. Don’t forget to pop it in the refrigerator, but consume within two days

This jam will go really well on toast, breadsticks, chapatis, lavash and anything that you may think of.