Sunday, July 03, 2011

30 before 30: Make strawberry freezer jam

Update to my 30 before 30: #26 Make strawberry freezer jam

I have never canned anything before, because I remember my mom doing it ONE time when I was a kid. It took her ALL day and she swore she'd never do it again. BUT THEN. I saw a recipe for freezer jam on another blog recently and thought, "Wow! That seems really easy!"

So, I tried it.

And it totally was!

I just used the recipe that comes in the Sure-Jell Less Sugar pectin box. It called for 4 pints of strawberries, 3 cups of sugar, 1 box of Sure-Jell, and 1 cup of water.

First, I cut the stems off the strawberries and washed them. I ended up needing just a smidge more than two 16-oz clamshells of strawberries from the grocery.

Then, I pulsed the strawberries in a food processer and measured out 4 cups of mashed strawberry goodness.

Third, I mixed the sugar, pectin, and water in a large saucepan and brought it to a boil, stirring constantly. Once it started boiling, I cooked and stirred for a minute longer.

I immediately took it off the heat and added the strawberry mash, stirring quickly for one minute.

I used a measuring cup to help me pour the mixture into four small Bell jars.

I topped them, set them on the dining room table, and will leave them there to set for 24 hours. After that, they can go in the fridge for 3 months or the freezer for a year. Wow!

Even the clean-up was a breeze. Mom, you've got to try the freezer method!!


1 comment:

  1. And now she cans like crazy. Okay maybe not as crazy as some, but she's even canning meat now. Way to go you two. Maybe someday! Haha!



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