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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam

I love homemade raspberry jam!!!  I love growing raspberries in our backyard!

But, this year, I made a BIG mistake!!!

Life was SO busy when the raspberries were ripening....baseball, running kids here and there, getting our roof replaced after hail/wind damage, baseball, and did I mention baseball????  LOL!

Anyway, I would pick my raspberries and place them in a container in the refrigerator.  Each day I would add some more thinking, "I really need to do something with these soon..."

I really was waiting until I had enough to make my homemade raspberry jam....

well, sadly, and I even hate to admit it....the raspberries started to spoil and get rotten!!!!  I managed to save some that were on the top of the container but....

I had to THROW the majority down the garbage disposal!!!!!!

You have NO idea how sad and disappointed I was with myself.  :(

So, I learned a valuable lesson that day.  Either use the raspberries within a few days OR freeze them for use later!

I was thankful when I went to the grocery store not too long after and found 3 containers for $5 of strawberries!  I wasn't thinking about jam when I bought them, but after getting home I decided I could use 2 of the containers for strawberry jam!  Yay!

Here is the simple recipe for Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam (from box of Sure-Jell):

*4 cups strawberries, crushed (2 packages made this amount)
*1 box of SURE-JELL FOR LESS OR NO SUGAR NEEDED RECIPES (or other fruit pectin)
*3 cups sugar
*1 cup water

Crush strawberries in bowl.  

I used my food processor, but don't overprocess.  A few chunks are fine. 

Mix the sugar, pectin and water in a saucepan on medium heat.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Boil for 1 minute.
Remove the pectin mixture from the heat and add the strawberries to it.  

Mix until well blended.
Immediately pour "jam" into containers.  Leave a 1/2 inch space at the top of each container. 

Cover tightly.  Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours.  Place in the refrigerator, or in the freezer.

Enjoy!  :)  

So, all in all even store bought fruit, will work for me!  :) 

This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday, and The Ultimate Recipe Swap, where this week she is featuring berry recipes!  Yum!  

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