Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Freezer Strawberry Jam

Hey friends!  I am excited to share one of my family's favorite spring time traditions--strawberry pickin'!

Being in the south, there are some really awesome strawberry farms this time of year, so we make a night of it, & choose the best possible strawberries we can find!  The kids LOVE this night & have the best time filling our buckets.  Usually at the end we have to throw out a few of the ones that are not edible. :)  

Here is what we came home with.  I was so excited to make something yummy from our labors at the farm. :)  And I knew just the thing..

Strawberry Jam!

 You will need:

4 cups ripe strawberries
4 cups sugar
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
3/4 cup water
1 package pectin (I used Sure Jell)

Yep, it's really that much sugar.  It's amazing though, trust me. :)
You will need to sterilizer your jars & lids--I boiled mine in a big pot for 5 minutes

Wash & cut the stems off the strawberries

Crush 2 cups worth of strawberries--I used my Cuisinart

 In a large bowl, mix crushed strawberries, sugar & lemon juice, then let stand for 10 minutes.

While that is setting up, in a small pot, mix water & pectin over high heat.  Once it boils, stir continuously for one minute, then pour into the bowl with the strawberries & sugar (after it has set for 10 minutes).  Mix together until it is no longer grainy--about 3-4 minutes.

Immediately ladle the jam into jars, leaving 1/2 inch at the top.
Wipe containers clean & place lids on.

I used a cupcake liner as a decorative piece with my jars.  You could also wrap with a ribbon, use scrap book paper, lots & lots of possibilities to dress it up!

Let your jam set at room temperature for 24 hours, then place in fridge (up to 3 weeks) or freezer (up to one year).

Don't forget to share with others, that is half the fun!

Always Perfect Freezer Jam
(recipe from Favorites cookbook)

4 cups ripe fruit, such as strawberries, peaches, raspberries, or apricots
4 cups sugar
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
3/4 cup water
1 package pectin (i.e. SureJell)

Prepare containers & lids for freezer jam by sterilizing & cooling. Wash, & slice fruit as necessary. 
 In very large bowl, thoroughly crush enough fruit to equal 2 cups. Stir in sugar & lemon juice until thoroughly mixed. Let stand 10 minutes. 
Meanwhile, in 1-qt saucepan, combine water & pectin & heat to boiling over high heat. Boil, stirring constantly, for one minute. Stir pectin mixture into fruit until sugar has dissolved & mixture is not longer grainy, 3-4 minutes. 
 Quickly ladle jam into containers leaving 1/2" of room at the top. Wipe container rims clean & cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature until set, up to 24 hours. 
 Refrigerate up to three weeks, or freeze up to one year. 
 Makes five-8 oz. containers.
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Andrea said...

I made freezer jam a couple of years ago and it was pretty good. I am going to try this recipe this year. So happy to have found your blog and to be your newest follower. When you have a chance come by and check me out at www. questfordelish.blogspot.com

Bonnie @ Uncommon said...

YUM!!! Just love stawberries and freezer jam!! thank you for sharing this Lindsay!

Tonia L said...

YUM!! I've never made jam but my mom is never without homemade jam! We were spoiled growing up. She makes both strawberry and raspberry.

Tonii said...

Okay, there are a million things I love about this post! The jam looks amazing, I LOVE the cupcake wrappers, but mostly I love what a fun outing you have made for your family!! Such a great idea!

still being [molly] said...

GAH oh my goodness looks so so so yummy!

Allyson Butler said...

This looks so good!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Ohhh this looks so fresh and delicious! What a fantastic idea/recipe! I cant wait to try this out over the summer! Nothing better than fresh jam

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I love the way you packaged the jam, so cute!

vintage grey said...

So yummy!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! Cute labels on the jars, too!! Have a great Tuesday! xo Heather

Diane said...

Great recipe. I am hosting my 3rd blog hop and would love you to share your recipe. Have a wonderful day. Diane @ MamalDiane.com

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

What a fun tradition! I've never made jam, but that has got to change!

diana said...

I've been wanting to try this! It looks so tasty and not too complicated. I like that you don't have to seal them as with some jams.

Carrie said...

The jars look so pretty. I want to go pick strawberries!

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

We love strawberry pickin, too!!

Baking with Blondie said...

Cupcake liners = Genius. That's just awesome!

Jessie @ Dream and Differ said...

I make freezer jam every year and we love it! But I've used up my stash and strawberries won't be ripe here for at least another month. Love the idea of cupcake liners to decorate the jars! I will definitely be doing that this year!

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

Yum, yum, yum! This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this.. Might have to try it out!

classic • casual • home said...

My mouth is watering.

Jennifer said...

Yum! The freezer? Really?

Betsy Pool said...

Yum!! That freezer jam looks SOO good!! I'd love to try this recipe (I made another awhile ago and it was good, just a little bit too sweet). Thanks so much for sharing at Romance on a Dime.

I'm definitely pinning this so I can try it sometime.

southernscraps said...

That looks so yummy. I've never tried the freezer version of jam, but certainly would if I had room, based on yours. Love how you dressed up the jars too!

Marriah said...

This just sounds so wonderfly delious! I had to pin it. I am going to try it with my kids. All though we have to use store bought strawberries we are not lucky enough to live near a strawberry field.
Marriah @ thehottoddiesofwa.blogspot.com

Tami Marie said...

Now why do I have to live in Trinidad where Strawberries can't grow!!!!! Hmmm...I'm moving to the States! I LOVE strawberry's. :)

How are you hun???? Haven't been around in a while.


Lauren said...

um... yum! My grandmother used to make this and I loved it! Thanks for bringing back special memories!

Lauren said...

um... yum! My grandmother used to make this and I loved it! Thanks for bringing back special memories!

Nicole Estes said...

This reminds me of my grandmother's strawberry jam! I found this on Delightful Order's Link Party & I also just pinned it. Can't wait to try it. I would love for you to post this on my link party at... http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/05/link-party-time.html
Thanks for sharing the great recipe!

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

This looks amazing!! I am loving your family picture in the strawberry patch too!!! So cute!

Tammy said...

You are truly making me hungry for some toast, jam, and tea :) I have never made jam--I really should try it. What great memories for your kiddos! Thanks again for Linking this up at Rustic Restorations Weekend.

Rose Jesky said...

Thanks for sharing this, it looks so good. I have a Link Party that I would love for you to come and share this at if you find the time.
@ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/
I opens every Saturday night, The Sunday Round Up.
I love you blog and I link up every chance I get to your party each week.
Hope to see you soon

Julie said...

I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:

Michelle said...

oh how I love this, let me count the ways.
1. I have been wanting to make freezer jam forever and so glad it looks easy.
2. It seems like you made a lot, almost a years worth out of 4 cups of strawberries.
3. Cupcake liners are as adorable as they are genius.
4. I dunno, this is just fun.

Question though, is there any concern of the glass breaking in the freezer? probably not but I have a big chest freezer in the garage and I don't know if that changes anything.

Cornerstone Confessions said...

I am so pinning this. I've been looking for an easy Strawberry Jam recipe for awhile and I love the freezer option. I'd love to have you link this up to my linky party tomorrow.


Hopping over from Ask Anna.

Theresa said...

Hi Lindsey, this is awesome I have been looking for an easy strawberry jam recipe! I found the best strawberry shortcake recipe & posted it drop by & grab it. They might be a marriage made in heaven, lol! Visiting from DearCreatives.com thanks for sharing! now on my to do list.

Stacey said...

Lindsay -
This looks delicious! Yummy! Thanks for linking up this week!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Kaitlin Saenz said...

YUM! That looks incredibly delicious! Lots of sugar always makes things better:)

Thanks so much for linking up this great creation at my link party! Hope to see you this Wednesday for more wonderful inspiration!

Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

Six Sisters said...

Homemade jam is the best! This looks delicious! We're so glad you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks for coming and we hope you'll be back. -The Sisters

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

My sister is the jam maker in our family :) The color is so pretty and it looks so easy too! Pinning this one. Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!


Maria said...

I can't wait to go strawberry picking this year too! I'm planning on making jam for the first time ever, too, so I was excited to see yours! It looks wonderful!

Printabelle said...

Looks delicious! I'd love for you to add it on my link party at: http://printabelle.com/?p=3717 Thanks!

Hani@Craftionary said...

Yum.. Fresh from the garden, love it.. Where is my jam jar? ;) It's so cute.. Thanks for linking up at friday fun party!

Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun said...

I've been meaning to start making jam this year. Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this at Fabulous Friday. I've featured you.


Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

LOL! I'm featuring you and your darling yummy jam tomorrow...along with the rest of bloggyworld! You are so creative and display things so cute! Love it!

XO, Aimee

Kathryn said...

Looks delicious. Pinning this to try in the future.

Thanks for this sharing with us:)


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