|Little Jars of Strawberry Freezer Jam|
Doesn't it look great? Strawberries are ripe and delicious out here in the bay area, and on sale at the farmer's market. I picked up a huge flat of berries (enough to make four (or more?) batches of jam) for about $10, and strong-armed my friend Nicole into making jam with me. It's easy, but it's so much more fun to do it with a friend.
|Prepping the Berries: Washing and Stemming|
We washed and stemmed the strawberries, gave them a rough chop and threw them in the food processor. For one batch of jam, you need two cups of pureed strawberries,which I think is about one medium package of whole berries.
|The Big Red Box of Berries. 12 Dry Pints for $10.|
|Hot and Clean Jars Drying on the Counter|
Strawberry Freezer Jam
(Recipe adapted from Sure Jell Box Recipe)
Here's What You Need:
2 Cups Pureed Strawberries (You can use a blender or a food processor)
4 Cups Sugar
1 Package Sure Jell Pectin (Regular)
3/4 Cup Water
6 8-oz. Mason Jars
|Pouring the Jam into the Jars (Photo by Nicole)|
Here's What You Do:
1. Prep the berries: Wash, Stem, Chop, Puree. Measure out exactly two cups of puree into a medium-large bowl.
2. Mix in the sugar. (I do it by hand.) Stir until sugar is incorporated, and then let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Bring pectin and water to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute, then remove from heat.
4. After sugar/berry mixture has had 10 minutes to cure, add the pectin water. Stir for about 3 minutes until all the sugar is dissolved and it basically looks like runny jam.
5. Pour into your mason jars. Make sure to leave about 1/2" at the top for the jam to expand in the freezer.
Voila! The whole process takes about 30 minutes, and you have freezer jam for the rest of the year.
This jam is perfect on biscuits & toasts, or in homemade strawberry ice cream, or drizzled on top of vanilla ice cream for a delicious extra treat.