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. 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 🙂
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 🙂
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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