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April 15, 2010

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Its THAT season again!!! Yep, Strawberry Season!!!
So what does that mean??? Freezer Jam!!!
Its EASY....I PROMISE. I make it in up to TRIPLE sized batches...because I'm insane.

Strawberry Freezer Jam
Ingredients:
  • Freezer Safe Canning Jars/Glad Ware/Tupper Ware or Freezer Containers (Washed & Rinsed)
  • 1 box 100% Natural Sure Jell Premium Fruit Pectin (powdered 1.75oz)
  • 2 cups of crushed Strawberries (takes about 2 pints of berries)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 c. water
Procedure:
  • Wash & Rinse "jars" or containers.
  • Prepare fruit as directed on pectin package (strawberries crush easily after removing stems and unripe sections. potato mashers work great. do not puree. jam has chunks.)
  • Measure EXACT amount of fruit (2 c.) into a large bowl.
  • Measure EXACT amount of sugar (4 c.) into a separate bowl.
  • Stir sugar into fruit. Mix well. Let stand 10 minutes, stir occasionally.
  • Stir 1 box of pectin into 3/4 c of water in small saucepan. (Pectin will start out lumpy.) Bring to a boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  • Stir pectin mixture into fruit & sugar mixture.
  • Stir pectin/fruit/sugar mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Pour or ladle into prepared containers, leaving 1/2 inch of space at the top for expansion during freezing. Cover & seal with lids.
  • Let stand at room temperature 12-24 hrs until set. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks. Otherwise store in the freezer for up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator.
I'd add a picture...but I took it with my camera phone last year. I'll take pics next week when I make more. Its bright pinky red and looks like strawberry jam!!! Its so yummy. Make lots!!!

NOTE: This recipe does NOT call for lemon juice, but it can be added as well. 1-2 Tbsp can be added to the fruit BEFORE mixing it with the sugar.

NOTE: If you crush your berries and leave them overnight, DO add the lemon juice and cover with plastic wrap directly on the crushed berries. This will prevent browning & fridge flavors from getting in.

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