Saturday, June 5, 2010

Strawberry Freezer Jam

To prove that I could do it, I made "real" jam last year with peaches. But I prefer strawberry freezer jam for its flavor (plus it's just so ridiculously easy). We don't go through jam very fast - Ben and I are the only ones who eat it on toast at breakfast - so I just made one batch.

Around here, everyone with a garden patch seems to sell the extra next to the road with a little cardboard sign and an honor-system money box. Driving to a tutoring session, I got the berries for this jam for $3 a quart from a rickety little table.

I also used ThyHand's suggestion and had Genevieve mash up a quart of strawberries. My plan is to eat them over baked oatmeal in, oh, January.

The first preserving of summer 2010! . . . squirreled away in my spic and span freezer. Duly recorded.


Christian - Modobject@Home said...

I got all excited when I saw the title of this post because I thought it might contain your recipe for freezer jam. I love freezer jam and have been wanting to make some but I don't know a tried and true recipe and I'm afraid to just pick a random one online. Care to share?

You Can Call Me Jane said...

Great job, Margo and Genevieve! I just made freezer strawberry jam today as well:-).

Margo said...

Christian, now I recall that I wanted to mention that detail! I use Less Sugar Sure-Jell from the grocery store and I follow the precise directions inside the box very precisely. I accidentally discovered one time that the Less Sugar Sure-Jell makes a firmer set than regular, but I haven't inquired into what makes it "less sugar" - not sure I want to know.

The process, in brief: mash berries, boil up sugar, water and powder from the box - dump it over the mashed berries, box up, allow to set for 24 hours, freeze. I hope you can swing it even with little Sister, because the flavor is so so so good!

Unknown said...

Yum ; )

Crystal said...

It's that time of year, I made my second batch of Strawberry Rhubarb jam yesterday. I followed the recipe in Simply in Season, which I love because I don't have to remember to buy pectin; it's just fruit and sugar! My was also counted and recorded.

Margo said...

Here's a detailed post from ThyHand about making strawberry freezer jam: