Thursday, May 19, 2011

Get Yourself Into A Jam

A nice freezer jam, that is. One warm evening last week, my craft group decided to do something a little different. We bought a couple flats of strawberries, and made freezer jam. Ball Canning makes a product called Instant Pectin which can be used to make freezer jam out of any type of fruit, without cooking. You can find it in most grocery stores.

It was easy. First we hulled the strawberries, then mashed them in a big bowl with a potato masher. We left them pretty chunky. Next, we mixed the instant pectin with sugar, according to the directions on the package. Then we stirred the pectin and sugar mixture into the strawberries. We spooned the jam into jars, waited 30 minutes for it to gel, and that was it! The finished product can be stored up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator, or up to 1 year in the freezer.

We bought canning jars, but since you are not boiling the jars, any saved food jars you have would work fine. This would be a great way to use any surplus fruit from friends who have fruit trees. It is great to do in the house during the summer, since it doesn't involve heating up the kitchen. With some cute handmade labels, this would make a great gift too! Just make sure the recipient knows it can't be stored in the pantry like pressure canned jam.

Go ahead, get yourself into a jam. You'll be glad you did!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it when our peaches come in!

BLD in MT said...

That sounds way simple. I'll have to give that a whirl when I get my hands on some inexpensive fruit!

Zengirl @ Heart and Mind said...

Betsy,

I think it is a great idea to make a frozen jam. Doing it with others always nice as you will get social and supportive aspects of it.

I make jam or jelly when sometimes harvest time, if I have more veggies or fruits.

Preeti

Betsy Bargain said...

Zengirl,

Sounds like you have already discovered the joys of jam making. Try it next time with some friends. It's lots of fun!

Betsy Bargain said...

BLD in MT,

It's really simple, and lots of fun. Give it a try! Thanks for reading.

Betsy Bargain said...

Anon,

That sounds delicious. I think I will make peach next time!

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