July 27, 2012

Freezer Jam! Easiest Ever!

Posted by Ethne~

I’m all about preserving the great fresh fruits and veggies we have here in MN right now – trust me, we don’t get this come January!

When I was at Super Target the other day, they had huge flats of strawberries on sale, and I had a coupon for $1 off produce if I spent $10.  Well, since I was there to buy items for my pickles (garlic and dill), it worked out perfectly.

When I went to Menards to buy more quart glass canning jars for my pickles, I noticed that Ball brand has plastic canning jars for making freezer jam.  Have you ever had it?  It’s AMAZING!  My Grandma W always makes it – strawberry and raspberry versions.  It’s bright red and fresh and sweet and delicious.
So here’s all you do.  You don’t need to have the Ball plastic canning jars, but they do have a special seal to help prevent against freezer burn – this way you can keep the jam in the freezer for up to a year until you use it.

Mash up 2½ cups strawberries.  Add in 1 cup of sugar or artificial sweetener like Truvia or Splenda.  Add in 2 tablespoons of Ball RealFruit instant pectin.  If you can’t find Ball brand pectin, you need to look for instant pectin to use for freezer jams.

This is the only photo of the strawberries I took - now just put in jars and freeze!

Stir these three ingredients together and leave to sit on the countertop for 30 minutes.

Pour into three ½-pint freezer jars, seal up and freeze.  Up to one year in the freezer – then just put in the fridge when you’re ready to use it!  It’s like eating fresh strawberries all year long.

Have a great Friday!

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