Last summer, I got a few baskets of fresh picked Manitoba strawberries.
Okay, I got 11 baskets – but why not. Look at how gorgeous these strawberries were! And besides – buy 10 get 1 free!
We all know fresh picked strawberries won’t stay fresh for very long, so I knew I had to do something with them right away. My plan involved saving a couple of baskets for eating right away, freezing a big batch for use throughout the year and making some strawberry freezer jam.
I love strawberry freezer jam. It’s about half the sugar of regular jam, requires no cooking, retains that fresh strawberry flavour and is so easy that the kids can help make it.
Being the social types, my daughter Melanie and I decided to turn our jam making into a party by inviting some friends to join us. Here’s what our day looked like.
- 6 cups strawberries - fresh or frozen
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 pkg FREEZER JAM pectin
- Wash and clean berries (if frozen, thaw first).
- Crush strawberries, one layer at a time with a potato masher. You should get approximately 4 cups of crushed fruit.
- In separate small bowl, mix sugar and pectin.
- Add pectin to strawberries. Stir until completely dissolved, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Pour into clean jars or plastic freezer containers leaving a ½ inch headspace to allow for expansion.
- Wipe rim with clean cloth and seal.
- Let stand for 30 minutes to set.
- Freeze for up to 1 year. Will keep for 3 weeks in refrigerator.
- Be sure to use Freezer Jam Pectin - regular pectin will not work with this recipe.
- You can eat your freezer jam right away - it does not need to go in the freezer first. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. If you want to store it longer than that, it must be kept in the freezer. Freezer jam cannot be stored on a shelf.
- Yield 5 half pint (250ml) jars