05 April 2011

strawberry jam

ahhhh, yes, it's that time of year again! i love strawberry freezer jam. i think everyone should have some in their freezer, especially when it's really this easy. honestly, though, i can remember the day (cuz I am so old, remember) that i thought freezer jam was so hard to make. i called my mom and asked her for the precise measurements and exact directions so that i didn't mess up my strawberries. once i made it myself, i understood why my mom laughed. it's really a few simple steps...mash some berries, add sugar and let it dissolve, add pectin and let it set. really, peeps, try it! and just in time for berry season, here's how:
here are all of the ingredients you will need.  you can use whichever pectin brand you can find or have handy.  i actually love the new liquid freezer jam pectin but this powder version was already in my pantry!

first you will wash and remove the stems from your strawberries.  then the directions say to mash with a potato masher and you could certainly do that if you like a chunky jam consistency.  since my people don't like chunks, pieces, bits, or stuff, i put my stemmed strawberries in the blender and whiz till smooth.
remove from blender and add to large mixing bowl along with 4 cups of sugar and 2 Tbsp lemon juice.  stir until completely combined and let stand for 10 minutes to allow the sugar to dissolve.

when your 10 minutes is almost up, begin boiling your pectin and water.  it isn't much, so it will come to
a boil pretty quickly.  bring to a full rolling boil that you can't stir down and boil hard for one minute.     

combine strawberry/sugar mixture and dissolved pectin and stir vigorously for 3 minutes.  (enjoy that action shot...that was some vigorous stirring, i tell you.)

pour jam into freezer safe containers, making sure to leave about 1 inch of headspace to allow for expansion when frozen.  let stand on counter until set, or about 12-24 hours.  mine took about 12 hours to set fully.  once set, place in freezer or fridge to enjoy with all your freshly baked goods.  how about this, or what about a slathering of some strawberry goodness on one of these?

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