Strawberry Freezer Jam – Way Back Wednesday

It seems as though there might be some sort of Strawberry theme this week. Earlier in the week, I told you all about Roasted Strawberry Lemonade. Today, we go way back to last August, when I learned the fun skill of making freezer jam. It changed my life forever. Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration.

Here’s the post:

If you follow my adventures on the made by mike facebook page, you’ll know that I was on a bit of a jam making kick over the past weekend. If you don’t follow my adventures on the made by mike facebook page, then you are completely in the dark, and you clearly don’t love me as much as I thought you did. And frankly, that just breaks my heart. Ok, perhaps that was a bit melodramatic. But you should join all the fun on the made by mike facebook page. See how I made it all easy for you to just click one of those three links to get there?

Back to the jam.

A few weeks back, a friend at work asked if I’d make her some freezer jam. I’d never heard of it, but was intrigued. Coincidentally, not long after that, I received the September 2011 issue of Everyday Food magazine with an article about making freezer jam from the bounty of summer fruits available this time of year. It’s a great “how-to” article, and if you download the digital issue on an iPad, there’s a terrific instructional video about the jam making process.

Over a long three-day weekend, I made three different flavors of freezer jam. There was peach (with fresh peaches from my hometown), cherry, and of course strawberry. Best of all there’s only four ingredients in the jam. My favorite part of the process was listening to the metal lids “pop” as the jam was cooling on the counter. Each little “pop” got me more excited about slathering a piece of toast or english muffin with the sweet and fruity spread.

Strawberry Freezer Jam adapted from Everyday Food, September 2011

  • 3 pounds strawberries, rinsed, hulled and crushed with a potato masher (about 5 cups when crushed)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, from 2 lemons
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (1.75 ounces) powdered, no-sugar-needed pectin

Thoroughly wash, rinse and dry seven 8-ounce glass jars with tight-fitting lids.

In a medium pot, combine the crushed strawberries and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

In a bowl, whisk together the sugar and pectin. Add to fruit, stirring until the sugar mixture completely dissolves and fruit returns to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.

Transfer fruit mixture to jars, leaving a 1/2-inch of head space on top. Seal and let sit at room temperature until the jam is set, 2 to 3 hours. The jam will last for up to three weeks in the refrigerator, or up to 6 months in the freezer. Allow frozen jam to thaw in the refrigerator.


20 Comments Add yours

  1. raudette says:

    Love! Freezer jam is my absolute favorite and I can’t believe I’ve still never made it! You make it sound easy. I’m putting it on my to-do list for the summer.

  2. This jam looks fantastic! I can only imagine that the other flavors were also really wonderful.

  3. We nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award. Not only are your recipes what we aspire to but you just seem to be one of those all around really nice people that we’re happy to know.

  4. Lovely Mike….now I have to go back and look at that video on my ipad.

  5. Victoria says:

    I love, love, love strawberry freezer jam and have been craving the stuff! It has the freshest taste…so much better than the regular jam…wouldn’t you agree?

  6. Looks great Mike! I will definitely try it 🙂

  7. Looks wonderful! Have never made a freezer jam before, but this looks so great that I might just have to try it before the season is completely over.

  8. Granny says:

    Dear Mike and Greg! So glad to meet you. Thank you for stopping by Granny’s Parlour. Now it’s my turn to say hello and introduce you to our readers. Got any freezer jam left? Granny has quite a sweet tooth. If I made this, it would not last a week! See you.

  9. Imogen says:

    This looks so good!

  10. foodandtools says:

    Love strawberry jam, peach and cherry… makes me want to make jam right now! 🙂

  11. Heather says:

    oh my gosh. So jammy and delicious…

  12. Christine says:

    Making jam is my favourite way to use up those last mushy strawberries that I forgot to get around to eating! 🙂

  13. Tandy says:

    I have the pectin so now all I need is the bravery to make the jam!

  14. dturner123 says:

    Thanks for the follow at A Medley of Life! I’ve been wanting to try freezer jam… thanks for the great post! 🙂

  15. jamieaaron03 says:

    I’ve been in the mood to make some jam, or apple butt, or apple pie filling.

  16. livliveslife says:

    That looks amazing. Thanks for the great (and easy!) recipe!

    I really enjoy reading your blog, and I have nominated you for both the Versatile Blogger Award and the One Lovely Blog award. Please go to my site to check out the details! !


  17. My Dad used to always make us jars of strawberry freezer jam! You’re making me want to go buy some pectin!

  18. makeshoppe says:

    I’m so inspired to make something with strawberries! Thanks for the great post!


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