Every May, when the strawberries go on sale I make strawberry freezer jam. Our family loves strawberry jam more than any other kind. There is no comparing store bought to homemade jam…homemade is light years better! This year I decided to freeze all the jam because its quicker and easier than canning it. I can make a years supply of jam for all six of us in just a few hours. I’ve included the recipe for 1 batch below.
Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam
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Ingredients for 1 batch of Strawberry Freezer Jam
- 4 – pints of strawberries 8 cups cut = 4 cups crushed
- 1 – pink box of Sure Jell (less or no sugar pectin)
- 3 cups sugar
*you can use the yellow box of pectin in place of the pink, it just calls for more sugar & less strawberries per batch*
For a year supply at our house, I went to the grocery store and bought 16 lbs of strawberries, 7 boxes of the pink boxes of sure jell (which again uses less sugar than the other kind), & lots and LOTS of sugar.
To make the Strawberry Jam:
- 1) Wash your strawberries.
- 2) Cut the strawberries up and toss stems till you have 8 cups of cut strawberries.
- 3) Mash the strawberries in a bowl. You can either mash them by hand or with the help of a blender. I use my old bakelite potato masher for this job with the kiddos help. It crushes the strawberries perfectly!
* If your arms tire easily and don’t have a helper a quicker way to do this is with a blender. It does make the strawberries a little foamier and a little pinker but it amazingly fast! You can see the difference in the two different ways through the pics.
- 4) In a large saucepan add the sugar and pectin and 1 cup of water and bring to a boil for one minute (don’t forget to stir while waiting for it boil). Take off heat once the minute is up.
- 5) Stir in the crushed strawberries.
- 6) Pour into ball jars and leave about an inch of space at the top for when the jam expands
- 7) Leave the jars out overnight to cool and set before freezing. You can see the difference in the color between the strawberries that were hand mashed and the ones that were mashed in the blender.
Don’t forget to add the lids!!!
The strawberry jars will last for a month in the fridge or a year in the freezer. Hope you enjoy your strawberry freezer jam and like it as much as we do!