I found a good deal on some strawberries last weekend, so I thought it was time to try and make some jam! This was so easy (but kind of sticky since I had the help of a 6-year-old) and it tastes really good! Unfortunately, it does take 5 cups of sugar (maybe why it tastes good?)– Yikes! I basically followed the recipe in the box of pectin but omitted the lemon juice– next time I am going to try and use no-sugar-needed pectin and just sweeten with juice and some raw honey. When I buy jam I buy only juice-sweetened.
Making this was fun, and it is worth a try!
Strawberry Freezer Jam
2 C. (about 2 lbs.) Crushed Strawberries (stems removed)
5 cups Sugar
3/4 cup Water
1 box Pectin
(Makes About 5 1/2 Pints)
1. Crush strawberries with a potato masher, add sugar, mix and let stand for 10 minutes.
2.In a small pan combine water and pectin and bring to a full rolling boil that can’t be stirred down. Stir constantly. Boil hard for 1 minute, continuing to stir.
3. Add pectin mix to fruit mix and stir for 3 minutes.
4. Ladle jam into containers, apply caps and let stand in refrigerator until set, but no longer than 24 hours. Serve immediately, refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 1 year.
Anyone tried to make fruit-juice sweetened jam?