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Honeyed Strawberry-Ginger Preserves


Honeyed Strawberry-Ginger Preserves are a low-honey cooked preserve made with Pomona’s Universal Pectin. Pomona’s Pectin contains no sugar or preservatives and jells reliably with low amounts of any sweetener. This recipe was created by Allison Carroll Duffy for Pomona’s Pectin.


  • pounds strawberries
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice bottled
  • 2 teaspoons calcium water see step #1
  • 2 teaspoons finely-grated ginger root
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons Pomona’s Pectin mixed with sweetener


  • Before you begin, prepare calcium water.
    To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well.
    Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.
  • Wash and rinse jars, lids, and screw bands. Set screw bands aside until ready to use. Place jars in boiling water bath canner, fill at least 2/3 of the way full with water, and bring to a boil. Boil jars for 10 minutes to sterilize (add 1 additional minute of sterilizing time for every 1000 feet above sea level), then turn down heat and let jars stand in hot water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small pan, bring to a low simmer, and hold there until ready to use.
  • Rinse strawberries, then remove and discard stems.
  • Place strawberries in a sauce pan along with the 1/2 cup of water. Bring the berries up to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, and very gently, to avoid crushing the berries. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, continuing to stir occasionally, just until the berries start to soften–about 1 to 2 minutes. Then, remove pan from heat.
  • Measure out 4 cups of the cooked strawberry mixture. (If you have any left over, you can use it for something else.) Pour the measured strawberry mixture into a large sauce pan. Add lemon juice, calcium water, and grated ginger root.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the honey and pectin powder. Mix well and set aside.
  • Bring strawberry mixture to a rolling boil over high heat. Add honey-pectin mixture, then stir vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes, still over highest heat, to dissolve pectin. Return preserves to a boil, then remove from heat.
  • Remove hot jars from canner and fill jars with preserves, leaving ¼ inch of headspace. Remove trapped air bubbles, wipe rims with a damp cloth, and put on lids and screw bands.
  • Place jars in the hot water in the canner, place the lid on the canner, return the canner to a rolling boil, and boil for 10 minutes. (Add 1 minute additional processing time for every 1000 feet above sea level.)
  • Turn off heat and allow canner and jars to sit for 5 minutes. Then, remove jars from canner.
  • Allow jars to cool undisturbed for 12-24 hours. Then, confirm that jars have sealed.
  • Enjoy your preserves! Or, store properly for later use.


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