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!