Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam – Perfect First Try Jam Making Recipe
Today we have the pleasure of a guest post from Susanne Myers – “The Hillbilly Housewife”. By now, most of you know that I love her… so I hope you enjoy!
Making homemade jelly or jam isn’t nearly as complicated as you may think. If you are new and ready for something simple to try, I have just the thing for you – Freezer Jams. You don’t need any special equipment (unless you count jars or containers you can stick in the freezer) and there’s no scary canning involved.
In fact, it’s so easy; you should get the kids involved as well. Here’s a great recipe you can try to make strawberry jam. It’s from my Kindle book “Homemade Jelly and Jam Recipes”.
1 quart strawberries
4 cups sugar, divided
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp butter (optional)
Start by washing your berries in plenty of cool water. Hull them and throw them into a large pot. Take a fork or a potato masher and ash the berries well. Add 2 cups of your sugar and mix those in as well.
Bring the fruit and sugar mixture to a boil over medium heat and cook it for 5 minutes. Make sure you stir it frequently to keep the sugar from burning the bottom of your pot.
Add the other 2 cups sugar to the pot and the lemon juice, stir, and boil 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.
At the 9 minute mark, add the butter to the pot, and stir. This will eliminate the scum that forms. Or you may want to just skim off the scum.
Remove your jam mixture from the heat and let sit at room temperature, undisturbed, for 12 hours. I throw a clean kitchen towel over the pot to keep anything from landing in the jam mixture.
Stir and spoon out into plastic freezer containers or glass canning jars. I choose small containers so I can take out only what I need for one or two meals. Stick one of the containers in the fridge and put the rest in the freezer. Your strawberry jam will stay fresh for a year if kept frozen solid.
Take a look at “Homemade Jelly and Jam Recipes” and put together some easy freezer jam this weekend. If you’re ready to try your hand at traditional jelly making, you’ll find plenty of recipes, instructions and FAQs for that as well.