It’s strawberry season!!!
Around this time every year, my mom and I make a massive batch of strawberry freezer jam, so I’m going to share the recipe with you! If you’ve never tried freezer jam, you are truly missing out. Even people who hate jam fall in love with it. Instead of the gloopy, over-sugared, processed tasting junk you get from the store, freezer jam retains the flavor of freshly picked fruit. It’s essentially like spreading mashed up, beautifully ripe strawberries on your toast… and that heavenly taste of summer sweetness will be extra special during the long, cold winter months!
We picked our berries locally, and they were so beautiful! Shiny and glossy on the outside, and a lovely deep red all the way through the inside. Definitely beats the white and watery ones you get from Costco... However, if you’re not lucky enough to have a berry patch nearby, store-bought ones will be fine this time of year.
We picked about 25 pounds of berries and got around 50 jars of jam out of it… 50 jars of jam for 50 bucks!? Jam will cost you about $5 at the store, so by making our own jam we are saving close to $200!
The Recipe: Strawberry Freezer Jam
· 4 cups crushed strawberries (just mash them with a potato masher until it looks the way you want it)
· 3 ¼ cups granulated sugar
· 1 box CERTO Light Pectin Crystals
Place the crushed strawberries into a large mixing bowl.
Add the CERTO and ¼ cup of the sugar
Let stand for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
After 30 minutes, add the rest of the sugar and stir for 3 minutes
Put into clean containers filling up to ¼ inch from the rim. Cover with plastic screw-on canning lids. Leave at room temperature for 24 hours until set.
Store your jam in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, or in the freezer for up to a year!