July 22, 2016

Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam

I've been wanting to make a batch of strawberry freezer jam all summer and when strawberries were finally cheap enough (97 cents/lb.) I decided to go for it.

Since I've only made freezer jam once in my life, I'm no pro, but I knew it wouldn't be too hard. I am always surprised at how many strawberries and sugar it takes to make so little jam, but I'd say it's definitely worth it.
There is something so satisfying and delicious about homemade jam. And strawberry jam has to be my favorite. It's perfect on toast, waffles, pancakes, ice cream, cake, you name it.
So be sure to take advantage of any strawberry sales so you can have a taste of summer all year round!

Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam
Makes 3 Pints
2 cups crushed fresh strawberries (about 2 pints) *Crush using food masher, blender or food processor-Make sure not to puree too much so there are still little chunks of strawberries 
4 cups sugar
1 (1.75 oz.) package Sure Jell 100% Natural Premium Fruit Pectin
3/4 cup cold water
3 pint Mason jars

1. Mix crushed strawberries with sugar, and let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Meanwhile, stir the pectin into the cold water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
3. Stir the pectin/water mixture into the strawberries. Mix well until sugar is completely dissolved about 3 minutes.
4. Ladle or funnel the jam into clean jars or other plastic containers leaving about 1/2-inch space at the top. Wipe edges of jars with a damp cloth to remove any spilled jam.
6. Screw the jar lids on tightly and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours.
7. Place into freezer and store frozen up to a year or in the fridge for three weeks.


*Don’t be tempted to double the batch because the results will not be the same. You’ll need to make an entire different batch to yield more jam.

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