Freezer jam will keep for up to 1 year in the freezer and once thawed, up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. The jam can be used as a spread on toast, bagels and English Muffins or get creative with it and use it as a meat or fish marinade.
If you are a smaller sized family, I recommend freezing the jam in 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup portions. If you are a larger sized family, freeze in 1 cup portions. You only want to use plastic containers or glass jars that are made specifically for freezer food storage.
Supplies Needed for Jam Making
1/2 up and 1 cup freezer-safe containers with lids
measuring cups and measuring spoons
mixing bowls and a colander
rubber spatula and ladle
labels for the containers
clean cotton dish towel
Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe
2 cups crushed ripe strawberries
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
4 cups granulated sugar
1 box Sure Jell fruit pectin
3/4 cup water
Tip: Use a large spoon or a potato masher to crush up your strawberries after washing them. Do not use a blender, food processor or mixer as it will puree your strawberries and liquefy them. You want small bits of fruit in your jam.
Place the crushed strawberries into a large mixing bowl. Gently stir in the lemon juice. Measure out exactly 4 cups of granulated sugar and mix it gently into the bowl until it's well combined. Cover bowl with a clean dish towel and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
In a large saucepan bring 3/4 cup of water up to a boil. Stir in the entire box of Sure Jell fruit pectin, stirring to combine using a rubber spatula. Boil mixture for exactly 1 minute, remove from heat.
Stir the fruit pectin mixture into the bowl of prepared strawberries until everything is combined and the sugar is dissolved. This takes 2 to 3 minutes to achieve.
Spoon your hot jam into prepared freezer containers, leaving 1/2" head space to allow for expansion during the freezing process. Let jam cool at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours. Place lids on top, label containers and freeze. If you are worried about something getting into the jam, place a clean cotton towel over the top of your containers while they cool.
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