Strawberry Sauce {with canning instructions}

A classic strawberry sauce, perfect for topping off your favorite desserts from ice cream to angel food cake. Simple canning instructions included! A perfect way to preserve one of Summer’s best fruits to enjoy year round!

Strawberry sauce recipe with canning instructions from

Last year around this time, my lil man was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. To say my life changed at that point would be an understatement. It’s overwhelming the number of items you’re so used to buying that aren’t safe for people with nut allergies, even favorite brands – very simple things. I’ve heard of some crazy foods that you’d never guess weren’t safe too but it’s all because of the facilities they’re made in, or mostly. Oh how I miss peanut butter, but you adjust and find new food to love and attempt to forget the food you can no longer enjoy. Yes, I could totally eat certain things after he’s in bed or when not at home but I don’t find myself doing that. I want our home to be safe for him. Honestly, I’m still scared to take him out to eat at a real restaurant for fear they won’t take a food allergy seriously. All of the what ifs still plague me.

Strawberry sauce recipe with canning instructions from

Thankfully lil man is like his mama and loves strawberries. So preserving one of our favorite Summer fruits seems totally necessary and absolutely right in every way possible. Enjoy it over your favorite dessert or straight out of the jar with a spoon, I won’t tell. What’s awesome about this recipe, besides how incredible it tastes, is how easy it is. This sweet homemade strawberry sauce only requires two simple ingredients! Two! You can kick it up with other additional flavors if you desire, but I think this is pretty great just how it is. Follow the simple canning instructions within the recipe so you can enjoy homemade strawberry sauce all year long!

Yield: 4: 8oz jars

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 12 hours

Strawberry Sauce {with canning instructions}

A classic strawberry sauce, perfect for topping off your favorite desserts from ice cream to angel food cake. Simple canning instructions included! A perfect way to preserve one of Summer's best fruits to enjoy year round!


2lb strawberries, hulled and sliced (halved or quartered depending on size)
1C sugar


Add prepared strawberries and sugar to a large bowl. Toss to coat well. Chill for at least one hour.

Prepare a water bath for canning, fill with enough water to cover jars by 1-inch of water. Remove rings, set aside. Place lids in a small saucepan. Place empty jars in water, cover and bring to a boil. Boil jars for 10 minutes, carefully removing with tongs and emptying water back into canning pot. Rest hot jars open end up, on a clean kitchen towel. Pour 1 jar worth of hot liquid into saucepan containing the lids.

Add strawberry mixture to a 5-quart or larger pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir frequently. Remove strawberries to a clean bowl, leaving strawberry liquid behind. Continue cooking liquid until it thickens and has reduced some, roughly 15 minutes.

Return strawberries to pan, cooking and stirring for 15-20 minutes. Skim off any foam.

Divide mixture between sterilized jars. Wipe clean, place top and ring on. Carefully add to water bath, boiling for 5 minutes.

Carefully remove jars to a clean towel. Allow jars to rest undisturbed for 12 hours. Listen for the list to pop. If they pop, your jars are sealed. If they do not seal, store in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks.

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28 Responses to “Strawberry Sauce {with canning instructions}”

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — August 23, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Oh man I love strawberries. This is a great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

    • Rachel — August 23rd, 2013 @ 11:25 am

      Thanks Norma! :)

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    Tieghan — August 23, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Seriously so pretty! I love a good strawberry sauce, but never have them around during the winter months. This is the perfect recipe and your canning instructions are so helpful and not scary at all! Thank you!

    • Rachel — August 23rd, 2013 @ 11:26 am

      You’ve gotta get on that asap! :)

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 23, 2013 at 10:38 am

    This is soooo pretty Rachel! I hope the little dude can adventure out to places soon and that you can indulge in your PB again someday.

    • Rachel — August 23rd, 2013 @ 11:27 am

      Lucky for him I can cook just about anything he might want. I don’t totally miss eating out but it’d be nice to not worry so much and have that option! :)

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    cassie — August 23, 2013 at 11:05 am

    This sauce looks incredible. I definitely need to try some canning with what is left of the summer produce!

    • Rachel — August 23rd, 2013 @ 11:27 am

      You really do! It’s remarkably simple.

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    Nikki @NikSnacks — August 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    SO very beautiful! I saw this on Instagram & had to get over here right away! I’ve never canned anything, but I’m putting this on the list of things to try!

    • Rachel — August 24th, 2013 @ 7:45 am

      I hope you try it sometime! :)

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — August 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Just beautiful, girl! Food allergies are definitely no joke. I just adore peanut butter, but it doesn’t like me. (The mycotoxins.) SunButter (sunflower seed butter) is such a lifesaver! I hope you will try it. Again, lovely strawberry sauce! Already pinned!

    • Rachel — August 24th, 2013 @ 7:46 am

      Sadly we tried sunbutter and were not fans at all. Hoping to try another pb alternative sometime but they’re just so darn expensive when you’re not sure if you’ll like them.

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    Jamie @lifelovelemons — August 24, 2013 at 6:22 am

    I’m terrified to try canning, but I just might have to give it a shot after seeing this recipe!

    • Rachel — August 24th, 2013 @ 7:46 am

      It’s really not that scary! :)

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    foodwanderings — August 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Heehee Miss Rachey I got the same quoted jars. Only thing I had to buy a s__t load of them cause’ they didn’t sell them individually. My guys always look at me like WTH. lol lol & that strawberry sauce?! Redness yum!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — August 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Still need to try canning! And I’m sorry your lil guy has the allergy. But it’s nice that we can help each other through this.

    • Rachel — August 25th, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

      Very true! Always nice to have support from a friend going through the same thing :)

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    Amanda — August 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Um yeah. This is awesome. We didnt have a garden this year because we moved, and its been weird since we normally can a TON! Now we can and I am so excited! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

    • Rachel — August 28th, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

      Yay for canning!! :) I have dreams of someday having a big beautiful garden… when I find the time lol

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 30, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Oh yum, I need this in my kitchen :)

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    Karen — May 29, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Love this idea! Have two years’ worth of strawberry jam already and needed something to do with this years” batch. Would this same recipe work for blueberries or cherries?

    • Rachel — May 29th, 2014 @ 7:26 am

      I haven’t personally tried it with either of those but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! Let me know if you end up trying it :)

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    Kristen Wheeler — June 22, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    OMG. I made this today and it came out amazing! I added a touch of vanilla to mine. Thanks for this one!!!

    • Rachel — June 23rd, 2014 @ 7:50 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    Free — August 10, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Just what I was looking for! Thanks for the info :) I just 1 question: Can I pour most of the syrup off the strawberries and pack them into one jar and the syrup in another? Maybe adding more sugar or a little water?

    • Rachel — August 10th, 2014 @ 9:18 am

      You can add as much or as little syrup to the jars of strawberries as you like. I haven’t personally canned just the syrup though.

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    Shannon — September 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Sounds like a great and easy recipe. I am going to try this with raspberries. I can relate to your son as I am extremely allergic to strawberries. Oh how I wish I could eat them again, but I substitute with raspberries. Thank you for sharing.

    • Rachel — September 6th, 2014 @ 8:35 am

      Enjoy!! :)

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