Jun 17, 2013

Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam (best ever)

My Mom and I used to get together to make jam during strawberry season when I lived near her.
(she's playin' in Mexico with my dad for two weeks - lucky!!!)
My parents did all kinds of canning when all of us kids (6) were home. Our garden was huge. Once you're used to fresh homemade food like that - you never forget the taste. So after I got married and purchased store jam....I quickly learned to be a little more domestic from my mother.


She is amazing!
HERE is the link to the recipe we use or you can follow along below.
I got a good deal on super ripe berries at the local farmers market this weekend.
YOU NEED:
2 Cups of crushed strawberries (I like them pureed - no lumps)
(buy 1 qt. ripe strawberries)
4 Cups of white sugar
3/4 Cup of water
1 Box of Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin
Wash strawberries by soaking them a few minutes in a little salt and water then rinse.
I get my bottles all ready before I start by finding lids and washing them really good. I usually keep jars from salsa and peanut butter to use so I don't have to buy them. Each batch of jam fills about 4 to 5 jars.
Step 1
Discard stems. Puree strawberries in a blender.  In a large mixing bowl measure exactly 2 cups of prepared fruit. Stir in sugar and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. (if you don't let it sit long enough your jam will have a grainy-sugary texture)
Step 2
Mix water and pectin in a small saucepan on high heat and bring to a boil. Let it boil for a full minute stirring constantly (if not slightly longer - your jam will not set up if you don't boil it long enough). Add to fruit mixture and stir for 3 minutes.
(First day of summer - I kept the boys busy helping me)
Step 3
Fill jars immediately to within a 1/2 inch from tops. Wipe the jars and place the lids on. Let them stand at room temperature for 24 hours. That is it!
The jam is now ready to use. Keep it in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to a year.
We made 6 batches....looks like a lot but my family LOVES this stuff.  I put some jam in little cute spice jars to give samples to friends. I tend to give so much away -
sharing the yum!
I bought that serving stand at Pottery Barn over the weekend.
It was half price.
If you make this jam for your family or friends - they will know you truly love them!
xoxoxoxo

17 comments :

Laurie said...

Mom and Dad used to make jams every year, strawberry, blueberry and raspberry. Nothing tastes better than home made does it!?

Junkchiccottage said...

Yum Holly. I am going to try to make my first batch of homemade jam!!!! This looks so yummy.
Kris

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Holly, I've never made freezer jam... yours looks so easy and yummy! I like that you put it in the blender and not through a strainer! What a great way to make yummy jam... and I love the assorted glasses... so cute!

Leslie Harris said...

So that's where you got some of your talent---your Mom! I'm so glad you shared this recipe because someone recently mentioned making jelly for a gift and I was clueless about it. Never even considered it, but I'm so curious to taste the 'real thing.'
Love that photo of your son, what a cutie.
Leslie aka gwen moss

Patty Sumner said...

I used to make this stuff each season. I hae not made it for a while now. It is delicious.. Yours looks great. Enjoy and Blessings!

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Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I remember making strawberry jam with my mom...thanks for the memories!!...great recipe...it is truly a family affair!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Holly, I grew up near Plant City Fl which is known as the strawberry capital. There was always homemade jam at our house. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
xx,
Sherry

Christine Vandormolen said...

that looks amazing....I'm on my way with a fresh baguette and butter....

At The Picket Fence said...

I'm determined to make freezer jam and you make it sound so easy! Definitely on my "to do" list this summer!
Vanessa

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

I'd love to try this. We dont eat alot of jam but Im sure this would be so much better than store bought.
love the little jars.

Lynn said...

Oh yum...I hadn't made this in so long I had forgotten the recipe. Thanks for sharing yours. Your picture were very nice.

Rachel Estes said...

Thanks for sharing! There were 6 of us kids too, and we always had to help in the garden, and then with all of the canning and freezing! We used to buy strawberries from a Mennonite stand and I still go back to them when I go visit family in Tn. Can't wait to try this!

The Bold Abode said...

Oh, my gosh! We made the same Strawberry Freezer Jam growing up... It was divine! We'd eat it on pancakes and biscuits and ice cream... anything we could find!!!

How are you, girlie!

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I love Strawberry Jam, and homemade is the **best**!

Pendra said...

YUM! I make homemade rhubarb & strawberry jelly, learned from my Mother...nothing better with hot fresh bread!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Micaella Lopez said...

I'm really interested in trying to make some jam so i think I'm going to bite the bullet and give it a go!
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