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Freezer Strawberry Jam is delicious and so easy to make!
Last week Jenn, Baby Bee and I went strawberry picking. There is a berry farm not far from our homes and the fields had just opened for picking. Within a very short amount of time we had two gallons of juicy red strawberries. One of the first things that we made with our bounty was freezer strawberry jam.
Springtime in Georgia is glorious this year! Bright sunny skies, zero humidity and slight cool breezes. Perfect weather to be outdoors. Admittedly, Jenn and I weren’t sure how our sweet 5-month-old Everett would handle this strawberry excursion.
Jenn was a definite trouper as carrying around this 16 pound cutie pie is a workout.
Thank goodness strawberry picking was quick because Everett seemed to lose interest after several minutes. LOL
Aren’t these berries beautiful?
- 2 cups crushed fresh strawberries
- 4 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 - 1.75 ounce package Sure Jell powder pectin
- Prep jars . Use clean mason jars with tight fitting lids and seals. 5-6 pint jars of 10-12 half pint jars. You may use plastic containers as well.
- Crush fresh strawberries to make 2 cups. Try to be exact with your measurement. This is important for the sugar ratio. Do NOT use a food processor or blender for this process. Hand crush, using a potato masher, mallet or spoon.
- Add crushed strawberries to a large bowl. Add the sugar to the berries, one cup at a time. Stir very well after each addition to incorporate the sugar. Let stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, add pectin and water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add to the strawberry mixture.
- Stir and blend very well for a few minutes, dissolving the sugar granules.
- Fill containers with the strawberry jam, leaving 1/2 inch space at the top for expansion.
- Cover the jars tightly with lids. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, jars can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 weeks. Freeze for one year.
After making this freezer strawberry jam, one (1 ) jar is placed in the refrigerator for immediate use. The other jars are placed in the freezer and thawed as needed.
How to make strawberry freezer jam
Previously, I have never made jam of any kind. I felt like I was channeling my inner Ma of Little House on the Prairie! LOL. It was so easy, I can’t believe I haven’t tried it before.
After slicing the strawberries, I used a small mallet to crush the berries. You want to be sure to do this part by hand. If you use a blender or mixer you run the risk of your fruit becoming a puree. I wanted to be sure to have chunks of berries in my jam.
Easy to make freezer strawberry jam
With just a couple of ingredients, I had made several jars of jam in no time at all. It is such an easy and quick process.
It is important to remember to leave a bit of space at the top of the filled jars. The jam can expand in the freezer, so it needs room so that the jars don’t break.
Delicious, gooey fresh strawberry jam.
It’s perfect on top of warm biscuits. Honey Bee and I discovered that its delicious on top of vanilla ice cream too!
We hope that you have been inspired in some small way today. Have you ever picked your own strawberries? We highly recommend it as fun family outing!
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