Strawberry Jam – Try It Homemade

We have a small strawberry patch at our home that usually gives us a couple of bucket of berries to enjoy each June.  Just perfect!   This summer we had a bit of a problem when our small strawberry patch exploded with berries!  We’ve already picked 20 buckets of berries and I think the end of our strawberry season is finally in sight.

Buckets of fresh strawberries

Anyone want some strawberries?

After eating many bowls of strawberries and vanilla ice cream, a few batches of smoothies, one batch of frozen strawberry daiquiri’s, two strawberry cake rolls, strawberry shortcake, strawberry sauce and too many to count fresh strawberries straight out the the patch, we were so over the novelty of having fresh strawberries out of the garden.

We decided that making strawberry jam was the answer to our strawberry overdose.  We could make jam now and enjoy it all year around.

I have never made any kind of jam before, so we had to do some research (ask mom) on how to make it.  Turns out, it couldn’t be easier!

I can now say I’ve made strawberry freezer jam.  Strawberry what jam?  Freezer jam is jam that is made without cooking the fruit.  Plus the filled jars of jam do not need to be processed in boiling water.  This is a super fast and easy way to make your own jam.  (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  Read my disclosure policy here.)

To make two half pints of jam you need:

  • 1 2/3 cups of fresh strawberries hulled and crushed
  • 2/3 cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of Ball RealFruit Instant Pectin
  • clean containers to store the jam.  I like these from Ball.

In a small bowl, mix pectin and sugar together.  Add crushed strawberries and stir for three minutes.  Ladle jam into clean containers and let stand for 30 minutes.  Enjoy.

mixing up strawberry jam for the freezer

Get your kids to stir everything together for three minutes.

The jam can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks or in the freezer for one year.

Making your own homemade strawberry freezer jam is the perfect project for kids.  Can’t you imagine how proud they will be to give grandma a jar of their homemade jam?

Homemade strawberry jam for the freezer

Why buy store bought when you can make it homemade?

Strawberry freezer jam is another example of how easy it is to make something homemade.

 

 

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