June 20, 2012

Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam

Yesterday we had a busy day in the Super Saver House we made strawberry freezer jam. It was so much fun, and not as hard as I remember it being when I was little. This post is a little long, but it has some very useful tips and information.
We were very anxious to do strawberry jam from Oregon strawberries this year because we missed the strawberries last year. I started out with 2 flats of strawberries, which is roughly 24 pounds of berries. They were only $18/flat which works out to be $1.50 a pound, the California berries have not dropped this low and are not nearly as good as the local berries. Now Down to business

~Gather Your Supplies:

* A disposable straw  (I will explain later)
* 3 Large Bowls
* Ladle
* 4 cup measuring cup
* Jars or Plastic Freezer Containers
* Ball Instant Pectin
* Granulated Sugar
* Potato Masher
* Large Spoon

~Wash your berries- Don't just put them in a colander and run water over them, you need to immerse them in water and do a triple wash. Place your berries in one bowl of water so they are fully immersed, then dump that water out and repeat 2 times.
Washing them three times ensures that all the yucky stuff comes off and they are squeaky clean.

~Take Out the Stems- This is where the straw comes in handy see this post here for a step by step tutorial

~ Mash your berries- It is best to work in small batches so I would use 6 pints of berries at a time. Mash the berries until they are smashed and pulpy looking. You can use a blender, if you want it super smooth, but I don't mind some fruit pieces in mine though.

~ Mix Pectin and Sugar- In a large dry bowl mix together
* 2/3 cup sugar
* 2 TBSP of Ball Instant Pectin

~ Measure out 1 2/3 cups of smashed berries
I used my large serving spoon and spooned them into the 4 cup measuring cup

~ Add Berries to the Sugar Mixture

~Stir For 3 Minutes-
Stir the berries, sugar and pectin for 3 minutes- A KitchenAid mixer would be helpful during this step so  that as it mixes you can mash the next batch

~ Spoon Your Jam Into Jars- Use the ladle and spoon your jam into your jars/containers,put on the lids and wipe down the sides so they are not sticky
~Let It Sit for 30 MinutesLet the jam sit out for 30 minutes then you are ready to eat it or store it

This jam keeps for 3 weeks in the refrigerator or 1 year in the freezer.

I just realized I finished almost 50 jars of freezer jam and I did not take one single picture, lame! If you have any comments or questions, ask and I will respond :) Pin It

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this Myranda! I have all the tools from last summer which I never used - I'm looking forward to making some yummy jam this year :)