Strawberry freezer jam

A few weeks ago, my family and I headed down to the local farm to do our annual strawberry picking. We had a lot of fun, and brought home a big bunch of fresh, organic berries.

In previous years, after about a week of daily berry eating, we all get sick of strawberries.ย ย  A friend told me that she makes freezer jam every year and that it’s the easiest thing in the world, so this year I decided to try my hand at it.

Last fall, I found a bottle of instant pectin on sale at Target and bought it just for this occasion. I gathered the sugar, pectin and the washed and trimmed berries and set to work.

The directions on the back instructed me to crush the berries with a potato masher. This worked like a charm…I was able to keep some big chunks of berries in the jam, which is just the way I like it ๐Ÿ™‚

In a separate bowl, I mixed the sugar and pectin together.

Next, we mixed the berries into the sugar/pectin mixture for 3 minutes. My daughter helped me do some of the stirring.

Little brother insisted on helping too ๐Ÿ™‚

I poured the jam into 3 containers and let them sit for the required 30 minutes before putting them in the freezer. I saved the little container for the refrigerator to use right away.

The jam tasted wonderful, however, it never really set up into a thick jam. We still ate it up…and even used it on top of some vanilla ice cream, which was so good!

Have you ever made freezer jam before? How did yours turn out?

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8 thoughts on “Strawberry freezer jam”

  1. I have found that the freezer jam that I have made which you don’t boil the pectin does not set up as well as the other. I like Sure-Jell pectin it does set up better than the rest I have found. I recently used the Ball liquid pectin and it was a runny set but we still ate it. It also worked good to flavor our plain yogurt.

    Our strawberry season is just starting here. We have a bunch of green strawberries on our plants. I am hoping we get more this year. Last year the slugs ate quite of few of our berries.

  2. I’ve been wanting to try this since last year when I saw it on Money Saving Mom. With Strawberries at great prices this time of year, I definitely need to try it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It is so easy to do! You might want to try the pectic that you cook so that yours doesn’t get all runny like mine did ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I made a batch for the 1st time last year. It set and froze really well, but I think I used nearly the same exact recipe as you posted. Hmm.. I’ll check my recipe and let ya know! As long as it tastes good though…:) I’d pour it allllll over vanilla ice cream, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi already ๐Ÿ™‚ I checked my recipe and I used 1.5 cups of sugar to 4 cups crushed strawberries (which was 3 one-lb containers of berries). And I used Ball freezer jam pectin. Maybe strawberry amount is the diff?

      1. I think it’s like Shelly said…I needed to use the old-fashioned pectin that you cook. The instant pectin didn’t really do anything at all.

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