Thursday, June 16, 2011

Strawberry Freezer Jam with Honey

     I have made so many things with strawberries this year, but this jam might have been the easiest. And, the best part is that I will have fresh strawberry jam waiting in my freezer when I'm craving it! I'm definitely going to make blueberry and black raspberry. The U-pick berry farm near us says they will be available for picking within a couple of weeks.
     When we were at the end of our fresh strawberry stash, I was telling my mom about trying to use them up so they wouldn't spoil. She mentioned strawberry freezer jam, and I was a little nervous. It seemed like it would be really hard to make. I went to the store and found two kinds of pectin...classic and no sugar needed. I chose the no sugar needed, so I could sweeten the jam with fruit juice and honey. The verdict? It might be the best jam ever! I gave Miss E some jam and toast for lunch that day and she said, "This good toast, Mommy!" Such a  strange compliment from a two year old =P

  from back of Ball no sugar needed small batch package
1-1/2 cup strawberries
1/3 cup fruit juice concentrate (I used frozen apple juice concentrate)
1 pkg small batch no sugar needed pectin (or 1-1/2 Tbl nsn pectin)
1/2 cup honey
  • Wash, hull, and crush strawberries. Crush to your desired chunkiness..the bigger your chunks, the more chunky your jam will be.
  • COMBINE prepared fruit with fruit juice in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in Pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, over high heat, stirring constantly.
  • ADD  honey. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary.
  • Add to freezer safe jars.  Makes 2-8oz jars. When cools to room temp, place in freezer or enjoy now.

Check out these other Strawberry recipes from my blog...
Crepes (coming as Meatfree Monday post!)
Strawberry Shortcake, 2 ways
Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins
Strawberry Muffins
Strawberry Glaze Pie
LowFat Strawberry Dessert (cake)
Baked Oatmeal
Strawberry Syrup (for waffles/pancakes)


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