Strawberry and Pear Jam + DIY Packaging

One of the cool things about being my piano teacherΒ – precisely him because I don’t know if this applies to all the piano teachers in the world – is that he is usually quite well pampered with gifts from his students. Chocolates, fruits, teas, cakes, books, candles, wines, homemade macrame baskets. You name it. His latest addition was my homemade strawberry and pear jam.

Strawberry and pear jam in a ribbon

Last year I started making jams. The first one turned out a little stiff and I nearly made alchemic magic, but that was ok because I suppose theΒ first times for many things are such so that we can learn and improve over time. Since then I’ve had fun mixing and matching fruits to create nice flavours. Now I’m confident to give my jam as a gift to friends and family! The lucky chosen victim of this jam was my piano teacher.

To package it I made a very easy DIY arrangement. Simply cut a page from a magazine into a big square shape. The edges of my square were about twice the size of the diameter of the jar. Arrange it on the lid of the jar, then tie it with a ribbon, making a bow.


Strawberry and pear jam gift

I often keep ribbons from perfume packages and gifts I receive because they make great bows to decorate jam jars.

Just in case the person receiving the gift wants to read the magazine cutting, make sure you choose a page with something interesting written! Here I choose some dietary information, eh, which may may not have been very interesting for him.

My piano teacher brings me the gift of music. I bring him the gift of, well, homemade jam. The most important thing is that we both bring each other the gift of friendship.

Strawberry and pear jam HOMEMADE RECIPE

Strawberry and Pear Jam Recipe


600g strawberries
400g pears
1 lemon
2 cups sugar

Wash the fruit. Cut the strawberries. Peel and cut the pears. Add the juice and zest of the lemon. Put all the ingredients in a large pot and blend (like when making a smoothie). Bring to boil then cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes. Add the sugar. Cook on low heat for about 30 minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency. Stir occasionally.


I blended the fruits to lower the cooking time.

Before blending you can take out some pieces, about 1/4 of the quantity, if you want the jam to have some consistent fruit pieces. Put them back in after blending.

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-02-28 at 17:23

      You’re so sweet Marijane. As a music therapist, do you receive these kinds of gifts too?

  1. lapetitecasserole 2014-02-27 at 20:11

    Beautiful Sofia! I’ve never thought to mix pears and strawberry together… It sounds interesting, especially if I love at the texture of your jam in the last photo… it’s perfect!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-02-28 at 17:25

      It was a prompt unscientific decision to mix these two fruits together. We were in the fruit shop which was about to shut, so I said to Mr. H.: quick, what would go well with strawberries. He said I think pear. So we bought pears! And it was spot on, they go so well together πŸ™‚ xx

  2. onmywaybymarie 2014-02-27 at 20:27

    this strawberry jam looks sooooo yummy <3 xxx

  3. Pemberley Cup & Cakes by Rosa 2014-02-27 at 20:32

    No sΓ© si me ha gustado mΓ‘s esa mermelada propia de comida para Γ‘ngeles o ese packaging tan chulo y creativo πŸ™‚

  4. Sharon Haskell 2014-02-27 at 20:33

    Hey sofia, recently i have made the discovery of lemon and lime jam! Not because i made it by throwing lemon and lime together but it was in my Aunts fridge! Anyway not being a huge eater of jams, i tried it and now i can’t get enough if this stuff! You should try to make it πŸ™‚
    From Sharon

  5. Sharon Haskell 2014-02-27 at 20:35

    Forgot to say, love the packaging! It’s so cute! And the jam sounds like a great combo.

  6. Helen @ Scrummy Lane 2014-02-27 at 22:07

    Making some homemade jam is definitely on my bucket list! Yours looks and sounds wonderful … just love the idea of mixing strawberries with pear. And as ANY kind of food gift is a very special thing indeed to receive in my opinion, your piano teacher is a very lucky man!

  7. Lignum Draco 2014-02-27 at 23:59

    A home made gift is always something to be treasured. It certainly looks wonderful.

  8. pianolearner 2014-02-28 at 00:15

    The packaging looks great, and your teacher is a very lucky man!

  9. Sunny 2014-02-28 at 00:16

    Oh this is adorable! Do you guys have strawberries now? We get pretty good local ones, but they are only available for a short period of time every summer. Same goes to cherries. Ah I’d love some of those now!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-02-28 at 17:40

      I think Spain is quite an important producer of strawberries. Plus our weather gets better quicker than yours does, so the plants probably think it’s spring before the plants in Belgium think its spring. Maybe thats why we have them here now!

  10. Guillermina BΓ³squez Stover 2014-02-28 at 00:59

    Love the homemade packaging, how appropriate for a homemade jam! I have to start making jams…!!!!

  11. Johnny Hepburn 2014-02-28 at 03:02

    My mouth’s watering! What a delicious combination. Now I’m looking forward to strawberries being in season. Funny thing is, I haven’t eaten jam in months. And I still have several jars of the stuff in my baking drawers. Too busy scoffing chocolate cake, atm. πŸ™‚

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-02-28 at 17:42

      If I were you I would scoff your cakes with your jam!
      You can send me a jar if they really will perish πŸ˜‰

  12. Mabel Kwong 2014-02-28 at 06:06

    ‘The gift of friendship’ – I like that a lot. Your DIY looks really professional. If I saw it on a supermarket shelf, I’d stop and pick it up πŸ™‚

  13. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2014-02-28 at 16:40

    Best DIY packaging ever, Sofia – simply fun and classy. πŸ™‚ I want to take piano, too, so I can receive amazing candy, chocolates and jams (preferably this delicious, pink glory!).

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-02-28 at 16:42

      Haha if you take piano you would be gifting those things, but you can have a chat with your teacher and nibble at everything πŸ™‚ The packing is great, you should make something like that too! Have a great Friday xx

  14. chef mimi 2014-02-28 at 17:12

    How pretty! You’re so creative!

  15. Dalo 2013 2014-02-28 at 21:25

    You have a very lucky piano teacher πŸ™‚ While I have mainly store bought jam these days, it is always nice when I go visit my mom/sisters and I can take some jam back with me. Nothing better than homemade jam.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-01 at 16:38

      Well I consider myself lucky to have found him as my teacher πŸ™‚ Lots of store jams are good too – though I only like the berry type ones. Homemade jam has opened me up to tons of amazing flavours. I’m glad you get a nice supply through your mum and sisters!.
      By the way, guess what, I have to tell you I found a stall in the market near my place today that sells blueberries and raspberries! Was so happy πŸ™‚ I was beginning to think it was impossible to find any around here.

      1. Dalo 2013 2014-03-03 at 19:20

        Hey, fantastic that you found blueberries nearby. I think I eat them about 4 times a week, addicted to them. Previously, in China I could not find them but now they are easy to find. They are tasty and good for you, so enjoy πŸ™‚

  16. Laura Lynn 2014-02-28 at 21:49

    Oh that looks lovely! The colour is perfect! I don’t think I’ve thought to use pears and strawberries…I can smell it now. Heaven!

  17. Amanda 2014-02-28 at 22:01

    This looks delicious! Great packaging idea. My newest obsession is sweet hot pepper jam. I should definitely learn to make it.

  18. Saskia (1=2) 2014-03-05 at 20:35

    Hi Sofia. Catching up on my blog reading at last, in a lovely quiet house. Bliss! Loving your recent posts.
    Hah! I adore that the first quote is attributed to George Michael. How I loved his music in the 80s (showing my age)!
    Your jam wrapping is lovely, and Spanish looks so beautifully exotic to me. Strawberry and pear sound like an amazing combo. Lucky piano teacher! I’ve actually never made my own jam. I really must rectify that one day.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-05 at 20:46

      Enjoy your quiet moment, I’m sure with the children you don’t have many! πŸ˜‰ Oh I listened to George Michael too then πŸ™‚
      Yes my piano teacher is quite lucky with that. I like the texts on the wrapping but its all nutritious stuff, not sure if he is so interested in reading it haha. Oh you must make your own jam, they taste amazing. And this combo is very complementary and very nice.

  19. SJPONeill 2014-03-06 at 21:18

    Lovely…I suspect that I will end the summer with way more strawberries than I can consume the old-fashioned way (I.e. with ice cream) and this looks a great way to consume them…

      1. SJPONeill 2014-03-07 at 11:08

        Not yet – still my ice cream the old-fashioned way as well: from the supermarket – but making my own is on the to-do list for 2014…will keep you posted…

  20. Caroline Bradley 2015-10-03 at 16:00

    Just about to make this jam with my two little girls for a few Christmas pressies. As a music teacher myself, i rarely get these kind of lovely gifts. I do often get bottles of wine though so they obviously know me too well! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Sofia 2015-10-04 at 19:50

      How nice of you to make some jam for pressies too. Well getting a bottle of wine from your students is also nice! x


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