Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Last Saturday while the girls were away with my parents I went out to the strawberry farm and picked another 13 lbs. I couldn't sleep that morning so I got up early, finished freezing the remaining strawberries from our first trip and then went to pick more.

It didn't take long before my box was full. It's so peaceful out there in the fields, especially being by yourself. Even though my box was getting full, I kept finding myself reaching for just one more strawberry. It's addicting!

I love making strawberry jam each summer. I found this particular recipe two years ago and immediately loved it! Jam can be intimidating to make but this freezer recipe is so easy, you honestly can not mess it up.

Well I had a hard time finding pectin in the store, I actually had to go to three different ones. I guess everyone had the same idea. I ended up going with the Ball brand instead of Sure-Jell like I've used before. I noticed the recipe on the back of the container was a little bit different than what I normally use. So I decided to test out one batch and see if we liked it.

One thing I particularly loved about this version was the fact in contains far less sugar. It's certainly still sweet enough and thick like jam should be. If you've never made homemade jam before you need to try this. You'll never want to buy store bought jam again!

Strawberry Freezer Jam

3-1/3 cup strawberries, hulled and crushed
1-1/3 cup sugar
4 tbsp pectin (I used the Ball brand, real fruit instant pectin)

In a large bowl crush strawberries using a potato masher. In another large bowl combine sugar and pectin. Add in crushed fruit and stir all together. Let mixture sit for 3 minutes and then transfer to jars. Let set for 24 hours and then either store in fridge or freezer. Will keep for about 4 weeks in fridge or 1 year in freezer. Makes 4 half pint jars.

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