My husband takes two peanut butter and jam sandwiches to work everyday. He’s done this for a very long time. I don’t know how he doesn’t get bored with this or worse yet, get sick and tired of eating the same thing over and over again. I know I would!!
I decided today to make some freezer jam to save some money. It was so easy to do, with only a few ingredients and just about 30 minutes of my time. And it is delicious!!! I’d say a perfect Saturday afternoon in the kitchen.
Here’s how I did it.
I pureed them in my food processor. It saved a lot of time and effort, but you can also use a potato masher. They need to have a juicy consistency but still have small chunks of fruit. (if you don’t like chunky fruit you could always strain it and make jelly instead)
While the strawberries are marrying the sugar take the water and add the Instant pectin. Bring it to a boil for one minute while whisking the whole time. We don’t want clumpy jam – ick!! Then add the water pectin mixture to the strawberry sugar mixture and stir for about three minutes, making sure the sugar is well dissolved.
Ladle it into freezer jars or plastic containers made specifically for freezing and then wipe the edge making sure it’s very clean. Then add the lids, making sure to leave a little breathing room, about 1/4″, and let them sit for 30 minutes if you used the instant pectin, otherwise let them sit 24 hours at room temperature.
They can be refrigerated for three weeks or place in the freezer for one year.
The recipe is as follows:
2 pints of fresh strawberries – sliced and pureed it should make about 2 cups
4 1/4 cups sugar
2 pinches of sea salt
5 Tablespoons of Instant Pectin – I used Ball brand Instant Pectin
3/4 cup of water
I can’t wait to make more flavors…blueberry…peach…orange marmalade…cherry. The possibilities are endless.