What do you do when you have all these fresh strawberries and they are starting to go bad? Make jam! I know, I know, don't panic. Freezer name is much easier then traditional jam making. You don't even have to have canning jars, but you do need some sort of jar with a lid.
I'm sure you've noticed how fast fresh strawberries tend to go bad, right? Don't let your efforts be wasted by throwing them away. Even if you just bought them from the grocery store, don't throw your money away either. Freezer jam is easy. No thermometer, canning jar's or supplies are needed. I promise.
You do need a box of pectin but that's all you need from the canning jar isle, unless you specifically want the canning jars. Even if you buy too many there are a million and one uses for canning jars. Store everything from spices to leftovers in them. I make salad dressing in them because it's convenient to just shake it in the jar and them just set the jar on the table for serving. Give gifts in them, use them as a flower vase. Really, you can always use extra jars and lids.
Just store the jars in your freezer when you're done, let them thaw in the refrigerator and then use them in about a month and you've saved all that yumminess and money for later use. The jam is so tasty! Peanut butter and jelly never had it so good, or use it to spread on toast. There are so many uses for canned jams and jelly's. Even if you give them away to your family or friends, they'll be so happy and you'll be a hero. Give this recipe a try!
Strawberry Freezer Jam
Recipe from All Recipes
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, crushed
- 4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 (1.75 oz) package pectin powder
- 3/4 cup water
- Crush the strawberries and add the sugar, stir and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine the water and the pectin. Bring to a hard boil and boil for 1 minute.
- Turn off the heat and let sit for 1 minute.
- Mix the pectin mixture in with the crushed strawberries, stir until the sugar has dissolved and let sit for 3 minutes. Pour into the containers and tighten the lids. Let sit for 24 hours and then place in the freezer.
**Once thawed, they will last for about 1 month in the refrigerator.