Canning can sometimes seem like a daunting process. Freezer jam is a great way to get started making a great tasting product, with minimal ingredients and no artificial colors or preservatives. Freezer jams also do not require any traditional canning equipment and do not need to be processed for safety. They do, however, need to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
|Gather your ingredients. You will need: 2 cups crushed strawberries (about 1 quart of fresh strawberries), 4 cups of sugar, ¾ cup of water and 1 package of powdered pectin.|
|Rinse strawberries thoroughly. Remove stems and crush well. You can use a blender, food processor or potato masher for this process|
|Mix 2 cups of crushed strawberry with 4 cups of sugar. Mix lightly and let stand for 10 minutes.|
Combine ¾ cup of water and 1 package of pectin in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Once the mixture reaches boiling, boil hard for 1 minute and remove from heat.
|Add pectin product to the fruit mixture and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.|
|Fill freezer safe containers with jam, leaving ½ inch of headspace. Place lid on containers and let stand for 24 hours at room temperature.|
|Store jam in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year.|
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