In less than thirty minutes I prepared a quart of strawberry freezer jam. It’s truly that easy. Have you tried freezer jam? It’s a fresh taste like no other. We’re talking real strawberries, you can see in every bite.
I crush mine by pulsing with a food processer.
Then I pour into a large stock pot with the sugar (I used organic, but any will do). And I add the pectin and boil for a few minutes. Then I skim the foam off the top. Allow it to cool and pour into glass jars or freezer cups.
I like this jam much better than store-bought preserved brands. If you’ve never tried it, what do you have to lose? I invested $4: strawberries for .79 a pound, one fruit pectin pouch at .99 (the other was a wal-mart freebie) and 2 cups of sugar.
- 1 quart of strawberries, processed slightly (about 4 cups give or take)
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups sugar
- 2 packets Ball classic pectin or low sugar pectin
- freezer containers
- Wash and stem berries, process slightly to desired consistency in a food processer
- Add berries and sugar to a large stock pot. Bring to a boil.
- Add fruit pectin and boil for two minutes stirring continously.
- Remove from heat. Skim top if desired.
- Cool and ladle into small canning jars or plastic freezer containers.
- Freeze until ready to use.
- Thaw overnight in refrigerator before serving.
P.S. You can actually make this even quicker without boiling with Ball Instant Fruit Pectin, which I’ll be buying next time. I just had the regular pouch on hand and bought another to keep it consistent.
How do I serve this unbelievable fresh burst of flavor?
Cheesecake style, of course! I love it on top of a whole wheat bagel, a bagel thin is even better. First, I spread a thin layer of light cream cheese and smother it with this jam. Cheesecake heaven for breakfast. And it’s just as good the the same way on my freezer waffles. Or sandwiched between peanut butter and bread.
We’re enjoying strawberry season all year long, when I make another run that is. When the berries are in season and the price is right, it’s time to make freezer jam. Or when you’ve over bought or your berries are less than perfect, think jam. Try different varieties. I’m definitely going for peach and blackberry this summer.
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What kind of freezer jam will you make?