I made strawberry freezer jam for the very first time,
and if I had known it was that easy,
I would have done it a LONG time ago!
I started out with these...
Aren't they gorgeous!!
Of course I couldn't make jam without doing this....
Yes, this one was for me!
Let's get started!
First you wash and stem the fruit,
then smoosh down enough to make
2 Cups, I used a pastry blender to mush them down,
but you could use a potato masher or whatever you have.
I don't pulverize them, just smoosh it down good, leaving some little chunks throughout.
I tried to smoosh it down to just 2 cups.
(that was ok for me, I made two batches)
I think I would just smoosh some and measure if I were doing it again,
until I got to the 2 cups of smooshed fruit.
(such technical terms!! LOL)
Put the fruit in a 4 qt kettle.
Gradually stir in 4 cups of sugar into the kettle
(yes you read that right...don't think about it, just pour it in!)
Add 1 Tbsp of lemon juice and let it sit for 10 minutes
Next you will need this..
I do this step after the fruit, sugar and lemon juice have set for about 5 minutes.
In a separate saucepan put the pectin (Jel Ease) and 3/4 cup of water together...
stirring constantly bring to a hard boil...let it cook 1 minute at that hard boil and then immediately stir
into the kettle of fruit. Stir for a good 3 minutes.
It will look like this...
Next you will ladle your mixture into these.....
Nice CLEAN, canning jars. You don't HAVE to sterilize them for
freezer jam, but the recipe says it recommends it....
guess which one I did...or maybe that would be didn't do.
I just love canning jars...they serve so many purposes!
This is a pint jar, but you can buy 1/2 pints too,
which is probably what you should get for this recipe.
We just like freeze jam a LOT, so I figured we'd be able to breeze through
pint jars with ease. :)
Just ladle your fruity goodness into your jars and let them sit on the counter at room temperature for 24 hours, then store in freezer. You can thaw your jam whenever you need it and it will keep for up to 3 weeks in the fridge. (but I promise it won't last that long!!)
I hope you'll try this recipe...easy, easy and OH so good!
As I type this, we have already gone through almost
one full jar...I told you it was good!
My mom made home-made butter and shared.. :)
and I fixed biscuits last night...
talkin' about being yummy with my jam!
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