It's that time of year when I try and think of a little gift I can give my neighbors for Christmas.
This year part of their gift will include Strawberry Freezer Jam.
I remember the first time I tasted freezer jam was when I went to dinner at Mr. Cactus' house when we were dating. The flavors were so amazingly different than store bought jams.
It was a point of no return, and I've stocked our freezer ever since.
I think making jam is about as easy as a batch of cookies.
I use "Sure Jell" and followed the instructions provided inside the box.
First mash 2 cups of strawberries and put them into a pan.
Stir in 4 cups of sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes, stirring often.
Stir the package of pectin into 3/4 C. water into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil on a high heat. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Stir the pectin into the strawberry mixture. Stir constantly for about 3 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy.
I like to boil my lids for a few minutes to make sure they are sanitary.
Make sure your jars are clean, also.
Pour jam into jars. I wipe the rim of the jars clean before adding the lids on top. You're done!
Let the jam stand at room temperature for 24 hours until set. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks. Otherwise, store in freezer for up to 1 year.