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Posted by on May 27, 2013 | 3 comments

Freezer Jam: Making the Most of Strawberry Season

Freezer Jam: Making the Most of Strawberry Season

Friends have been talking about their visits to strawberry pick-your-own patches the past couple of weekends. We have a small patch at our own community garden, so I decided to harvest some ourselves to make a small batch of freezer jam before it’s too late.

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We only needed 1 and 2/3 a cup of crushed berries to make two 8 oz. jars of jam, which seems a fair “take” for our family from the community strawberry patch. In a few days, many more still-green strawberries will take their place, ready for pickin’. I washed the berries, removed the stems, and then cut away any damaged bits.

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Then, the girls took turns using the potato masher to smoosh the strawberries into the consistency they prefer in their jam – not too many chunks, according to Ana.

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In another bowl, we mixed this instant pectin and 2/3 a cup of sugar.

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We mixed the pectin and sugar in with the strawberries and stirred for 3 whole minutes.

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Then, I poured the jam into a couple of clean jars.

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We labeled the jars with a Sharpie and put them straight into the freezer to use when our current store-bought supply runs low. I’m told we can freeze the jam for a whole year. Then, take out and put in the frig. When it thaws, it’s ready to enjoy.

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The girls wasted no time licking the bowl clean.

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Next year, we’ll go to a pick-your-own farm and make many more jars. My Mom used to do that and I loved having her freezer jam on toast with butter on cold winter days.

How are you enjoying the strawberry harvest this year?

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for this idea – I’ve been getting tons of strawberries in my CSA basket this year plus I love strawberry jam.

  2. Aw I didn’t realize it was your own blog. How adorable. Does it taste like your Mom’s? I used to love it. Thanks for sharing Leslie. It was one of most recent conversations with Mom. I told her I was going to write to you to see if the recipe had been handed down. I will try this. Your girls look like they had fun 😉

    • It doesn’t taste quite like my Mom’s but nothing is as good – her oatmeal was better, her snickerdoodles, all of her cooking and baking far exceeds what I can do. But do try -it’s so easy and awesome to have in the middle of winter.

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