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5/15/12

Freezer Strawberry Jam

I had never made freezer jam before and at the suggestion of my friend Mickey I gave it a try today! Boy, was I happy with the results!!  So easy and so good.

When you make freezer strawberry jam using Sure-Jell you do not cook the fruit like the traditional recipes call for you to do.  Instead you combine the Sure-Jell and 3/4 c. of water and bring it to a boil for 1 minute and stir this into the mashed fruit and sugar for about 3 minutes.  Next you fill the jars and let them sit for 24 hours then pop them into the freezer for up to a year.

The flavor was way more vibrant and fresh because it wasn't boiled to death!! The color was a bright red too and it was really really good.  Can you tell how excited I am to have made this discovery?

Here is the recipe for 2 pints of strawberries:

6 one cup or 3 two cup freezer containers with lids washed and dried.

2 pints of strawberries washed and stems discarded (Best to use firm ripe fruit.)

4 C. sugar

1 box Sure-Jell (pectin)

Set the containers and lids out on a clean kitchen towel in the area where you will fill the jars.  It is helpful if this is also the area where they can remain undisturbed for 24 hours before freezing. 

Crush 1 cup of the cleaned hulled berries at a time and measure to obtain exactly 2 cups crushed strawberries.  Measure exactly 4 cups of sugar into another container.  Stir the sugar into the crushed fruit and stir well.  Let this sit stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.

Stir 1 box of pectin and 3/4 cup of water together in a small clean pan and bring to a boil over high heat.  Cook stirring for 1 minute.  Stir the pectin mixture into the fruit and sugar mixture and stir until the sugar is dissolved and no longer grainy, about 3 minutes. 

Pour into the prepared containers leaving 1/2" head space at the top of the containers. Cover with the prepared lids. 

Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours until set.  Refrigerate up to 3 weeks.  Otherwise store in the freezer for up to one year.  Thaw in the refrigerator.  My batch yielded 6 one cup jars of freezer jam.

I am going to make more of this one for sure!



3 comments:

E said...

I love freezer jam, just went to a jam making workshop last weekend, nothing like fresh strawberry jam, it's all I ate growing up. I planned to look for a freezer recipe, thanks for sharing, looks way easier than all that cooking. Elaine

Diane Cosby said...

It is sooooo easy that I made a second batch last evening after doing this post. This morning I took a peek and it has all "jellied" but the directions say to leave undisturbed for 24 hours so I shall. Just finished clearing a place in the top of the freezer for them to reside until needed. Thanks for your note!! Good luck with your jam!!

Earning My Cape said...

Ooh! How cool!
I've always been a bit apprehensive about trying freezer jam, but now I want to try it! :-)
Maybe I will make some after we go strawberry and blueberry picking next month! Yum!

I'd like to invite you to link this (and any other recipes you'd like) up on my first link party.
Your readers are welcome, as well!
http://earning-my-cape.blogspot.com/2012/05/super-link-party-1.html

I hope to see you all there! :-)
~Susie~