Tis the season of strawberries! It's the perfect time to make strawberry jam!hulled them, pureed them, then froze the puree. I love having a freezer full of strawberry puree, sitting there ready to be used in Strawberry Bread, Strawberry Smoothies, and yes, Strawberry Jam.
It is just a matter of mashing your fruit, and stirring in the sugar and pectin. That's it! (detailed recipe below)
If you read up on jam, you will find there are 2 versions out there. One uses Sure-Jell Pectin, the other uses Ball Pectin. With the Sure-Jell version, you have to cook it, and it uses 4 cups of sugar to 2 cups of strawberries. The Ball version is no cook, uses 11/2 cups of sugar and 4 cups of strawberries. I'll give you one guess which one I chose.:)
Kimba, at A Soft Place To Land, did a GREAT post on Strawberry Jam. She tried both brands of pectin and both recipes, just to see the difference between the two. She ended up with 25 containers of jam in her freezer! She is crazy awesome. Click on through to read about her experience and her opinion.
Kimba thought you would need fairly sweet strawberries to begin with for the ball recipe, but ours were not super sweet and it still turned out plenty sweet.
Here is the Ball Recipe I used (the insert in the Ball Pectin box has these same instructions)
Ball No Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam
1 pkg. Ball No Cook Pectin
11/2 cups of sugar
4 cups crushed strawberries (about 4 lbs or 2 quarts)
~Wash & hull strawberries.
~Use a potato masher to mash up the strawberries for a more chunky jam. If you prefer less chunks, use a food processor or a hand blender.
~Add the sugar and pectin and stir.
~Ladle into containers, these can be any type of jar, or plastic containers with lids. (make sure to leave some room at the top for expansion when freezing)
~Let sit for 30 minutes. Put into refrigerator or freezer.
~A jar will keep in the refrigerator for 3 weeks, and in the freezer for up to a year.
I love that I now know how easy this is. I put mine in cute little jars and have already given many away to friends, family and new neighbours. We use it over ice cream and put a spoonful or 2 in our oatmeal in the morning--mmm--Strawberry Cream Oatmeal.
I will make this even in the winter, using frozen fruit that I can hopefully find on sale!
Have you made freezer jam?
Do you have any favorite strawberry recipes for me? Even if they use sugar, send them on through, most recipes that use sugar can be modified to use other forms of sweeteners, such as honey, or pure cane sugar.