Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Strawberry Freezer Jam (the kiddo's all-time favorite jam!)

We ran out of this jam back in January & my kiddo's have not been happy!!  We'd been waiting to find a good sale on strawberries so I could make another stock pile until next year.  This time I'm making more than I think we'll need so as not to run out and have the wrath of my kiddo's every time they want a PB&J!!

We also love this jam on pancakes & waffles as well as toast and PB&J's, but my all-time favorite is on a piece of warm homemade white bread!!

Strawberry Freezer Jam
recipe from any box of pectin!!:)
4 cups mashed strawberries (about 2 1/2 pounds whole strawberries)
8 cups sugar
2 boxes of pectin
1 1/2 cups water

Wash & remove stems from strawberries and mash them.  You can mash them with a potato masher or I just like to blend them in my blender, but if you do that just don't blend them to death!  In a large bowl measure the EXACT amount of sugar...I know that's a lot of sugar, but it needs to be that much or else the jam will not set.  You can try the recipes on the less-sugar pectin boxes if that much sugar scares you to death!:)  Pour the strawberries over the sugar and stir until mixture is combined really well.  Let sit for 10 minutes.

When there is about 3-4 minutes left of the strawberry/sugar mixture start making the pectin.  Measure water into a medium sized sauce pan (you don't want it too small because when it starts to boil it boils up...I've had many a spill overs over the years!) and add the pectin.  It may be a little lumpy but will dissolve during this process so don't worry.  Bring the water/pectin to a boil stirring constantly.  When it reaches a boil, stir & boil for 1 minute.  Pour over the strawberries and mix for 3 minutes to ensure it's incorporated throughout.  Pour into freezer safe jars.  Let sit at room temperature for 24 hours and then put in the freezer for up to a year (we've used some past the year mark and it was still good) or store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Makes about 5 pint size jars.

Hope you enjoy as much as we do!!
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