Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Freezer Jam

When you think of canning does it seem a bit daunting?  It does to me!  I helped my mom can some apricot jam last year and it was quite the process.  It really took both of us working to make sure it was done correctly.  Without my mom by my side, I needed to figure out a way to make my own homemade jam... my solution: freezer jam!  It is seriously just as delicious but a whole lot easier (in my opinion).

Freezer Jam Basics
(if I can make it, so can you!)

You will need... fruit (I like berries best), sugar, and pectin.  If you make peach jam you will also need lemon juice.  I also found little plastic containers by the canning supplies to store my jam.


I used Instant Pectin.  It is specifically for freezer jam.  I bought this large bottle so I can use it in the future for more jam.  When you peel off the label it will tell you the exact amounts of fruit, sugar and pectin you will need.

To give you an idea, for about 5 jars (8 oz. each) I used... 2 lbs. strawberries, 4 Tbs. pectin, 3 1/3 c. sugar.

The basic instructions after that are to smash the fruit, add the sugar & pectin, stir for 3 minutes, then put it into containers.  It's that simple!

You then let the bottles sit for 30 minutes.  After that you can either put them in the fridge or in the freezer.  In the fridge it's good for 3 weeks.  In the freezer it will stay good for 1 year.  I usually put one bottle in the fridge and the rest in the freezer.  When I need one I just pull it out of the freezer and put it in my fridge to thaw.

This year I used strawberries (last year I tried raspberries).  Strawberries were definitely cheaper.  I bought 4 lbs. at Costco and only used about half of them.

The final product:

I will have to ask my husband how it turned out.  I put it on his pb&j today.  Freezer jam can also be a quick gift for someone too!  I'd love to hear how your freezer jam turns out!

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14 comments:

  1. The jam was delicious! Very well done, I loved it.

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  2. mm i have to try strawberry! I just posted about my blackberry jam, how funny!

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  3. I've never canned and yes it does seem intimidating! I bet this tastes yummy though :) I wanted to invite your over to my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

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  4. This looks so good, I need to try and find those plactic containers you did. Strawberry jam is my favorite and it seems like a much cheaper alternative to the store bought versions.

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  5. mmmm, sounds delish! Great summer recipe to try :)

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  6. Yum! I just made some strawberry/blueberry freezer jam. It's pretty good, though runnier than my sister's canned jam... How did your raspberry jam turn out? Both my husband and I love raspberry jam and I'm contemplating doing some this year.

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  7. I always make blackberry jam (seedless by the way) from our blackberries that grow wild on our property. My son LOVES it. This year we were in such a drought that the berries withered on their canes. Booo! So maybe I'll make him some strawberry freezer jam this year instead. Thanks for the recipe!

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  8. I've always cooked my jam, I had no idea freezer jam was so easy! Thanks for sharing at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com
    ~Michelle

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  9. Yum. I think I'd try blueberry. I never knew you could do this in the freezer. Seems so much better than traditional canning. Just surfed in from Type A. -Lola http://www.buddhatropolis.com

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  10. Awesome! My husband bought some strawberries yesterday for jam, so I'm SO glad I found this! (Via Whipperberry) Thank you!

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  11. That looks amazing! We would love for you to come share this at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" link party! http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/07/strut-your-stuff-saturday-week-2.html

    Love,
    The Sisters @ sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

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  12. I love love freezer jam, we made raspberry last year from berries we picked. It was fabulous geting a bite of summer in the middle of winter. We like to heat ours up a bit and put on ice cream.

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  13. Love your blog! It would be great if you came and linked some of your ideas to Lovely Little Snippets!
    lovelylittlesnippets.blogspot.com

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  14. I LOVE freezer jam. My mom always made it growing up but I have yet to try it! You made it seem easy, so maybe I need to just do it! :) Thanks for linking this up to our link party last week . . . we would love to have you stop by today and link up more of your great projects and posts at Strut Your Stuff Saturday!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

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