I love making homemade jams and preserves. Last year, I made my first batch of strawberry freezer jam. I could not believe how quick and easy it was to make!
Over the years, I have had several friends tell me about how easy it is to make freezer jam. For whatever reason, I was turned off by the thought of making jam that was stored in the freezer. Call me nostalgic but I love the whole canning process. However, canning is a lot of work!
Freezer jam is so much easier especially when it is the middle of summer and a 115 plus degrees outside. I am not sure I will ever go back to making jam that calls for processing in a hot water bath!
This winter, I opened a jar of strawberry jam to serve with gluten-free waffles. I thought after a six months in the freezer, the jam would be lacking in taste or worse, freezer burned. Not so!!! It was literally bursting with fresh strawberry flavor.
I was not sure if my husband would like the jam or not. I fretted for nothing. Not only does he like it, he loves it over vanilla ice cream. For a pretty presentation, I drizzle homemade chocolate syrup over it.
3 Things I Love About Freezer Jam
- Three all natural, gluten-free ingredients.
- No special equipment is needed.
- A great gift idea from your kitchen!
A Side Note…
You never know what the quality or the flavor of fresh fruit will be when your purchase them from your grocery store. Since the berries I used were ripe and pretty sweet, I decreased the amount of sugar the recipe called for by 1/2 cup.
I like to leave some good size chunks of berries when I mashed them. I don’t know about you, but I love biting into pieces of fruit in jams and preserves. So yummy!!! For easy tips on how to make freezer jam click here.Print
Made with only three ingredients, this delicious strawberry jam is wonderful over gluten-free toast, biscuits and french toast. It’s amazing stirred into plain yogurt and as an ice cream topping.
- 4 pounds of strawberries, washed, hulled and cut into quarters
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups organic cane sugar
- juice of 2 lemons (medium size)
- In a large stock pot, combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice.
- Over medium heat, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and mash berries. Carefully pour hot mixture into clean mason jars. Add lids and bands.
- Allow to cool before storing in refrigerator or freezer.
- Once jam has cooled in jars, tighten the lids.
- Will keep in the refrigerator for 30 days.
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