Thursday, December 10, 2009

Strawberry Freezer Jam

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.

8 comments:

Cathy said...

Wow, I wish I was your neighbour, what a lovely gift to receive, my mouth is watering! I can imagine, hot buttery toast just waiting for some beautiful strawberry jam, and a cup of tea in a favourite mug, perfect! xo

Janet said...

Making jam and pickles is so satisfying. I think the freezer fruit is cheaper than fresh here. I must get back into it.

Carol said...

YUM! YUM! YUM! I used to make that all the time and haven't done it for years...need to do it again. There's nothing better than freezer jam on a toasted English muffin! Oh now I'm hungry...LOL!

Jackie said...

Nothing beats homemade jam. Especially strawberry, my favorite!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh boy does that look good! and you do not have to put wax under the lid?

Material Mary said...

Looking good Nedra. I made watermelon jelly this year for my little gifts...it is really yummy and my friend from water aerobics introduced me to that.
Mary

Dawn said...

Way to go girlfriend! I have pomegranate juice in the freezer that I need to make into jelly...hopefully, this week!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I haven't made any jam this year. I feel like I've missed the boat on strawberries. I love this jam. It makes toast so special.