My kids LOVE to go strawberry picking. Luckily we have a U-pick Farm about 5 minutes from our house so we are there often during berry season. A few weeks ago we loaded up on strawberries. The kids just couldn’t stop and they picked two very full buckets. We had just gotten a ton of strawberries from Costco but I couldn’t say no when we went to pick out flowers and found that the berry season had opened. So we had lots and lots of strawberries. I didn’t want them to go bad so we made Strawberry Freezer Jam.
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I just love taking produce from the garden (or the U-pick field) and making items in bulk like jam. I just wish that I could make more. I wish that I could have a pantry full of homemade jams, jellies, tomato sauces and everything else under the sun. Alas, I don’t have enough hours in the day to do this. And I don’t have a garden big enough to sustain it. Right now, I actually don’t have a garden at all. I have only a few pots. But a few pots (or a trip to the U-pick farm) will do to make strawberry freezer jam.
The thing I like about freezer jam is that you can make it without using a canning system. You just need a few simple supplies and you’ll be good to go. Ready to see how easy this recipe is? Let’s do this.
STRAWBERRY FREEZER JAM RECIPE
2 pints strawberries
4 cups sugar
1 box Sure Jell fruit pectin
3/4 cup water
Before I get into the directions on how to make this freezer jam, I just want to say that I have only used Sure Jell fruit pectin. These directions require that you use Sure Jell. There are other types of pectin like Ball but I cannot guarantee that it will work with this recipe. Pectin brands are different and require different methods. So… Sure Jell fruit pectin for this recipe, ok?
Wash and rinse your mason jars and lids. Let them dry.
Rinse your strawberries, cut them up and place in the food processor.
Crush the strawberries in the food processor, 1 cup at a time. Do not purée. Leave some strawberry bits.
Place 2 cups crushed strawberries into a bowl.
Add 4 cups sugar to the crushed strawberries and stir until completely mixed. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Place Sure Jell into a saucepan with 3/4 cups water. Bring to a boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
After the Sure Jell is dissolved in the water, add the mixture to the berries and stir constantly until sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy, about 3 minutes.
Using a funnel, pour jam into mason jars. Fill up to the bottom of the rim, leaving 1/2 inch at the top.
Screw lid on tight. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours until set. Store in fridge in for up to 3 weeks or in freezer for a year (hence the name freezer jam).
Add a cupcake liner to the lid and strawberry freezer jam makes a great gift!
Make sure to add some strawberry recipes to your meal plan this week!
Check out these other amazing Strawberry Recipes!
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