Old Fashioned Sure-Jell Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe
An easy strawberry freezer jam recipe!
Strawberry season is such a fun time of year. Everything is warming up, plants are blooming, summer is just starting. Each June we try to take time to go to our local strawberry patch and pick loads of strawberries. Some to eat, of course, and some for freezer jam! This year unfortunately we didn’t make it out to the u-pick patch but I found a great sale for $1/pound for strawberries.
This recipe brings me back to my childhood. My mom has used this recipe since I was a kid and now I get to make it for my family! It’s really actually not very complicated at all. Just a few simple steps and you can make enough jars of fresh jam to freeze for the entire year. These can make perfect gifts too!
You can use any size canning jar you’d like. I like using the 8oz quilted mason jars because they are the perfect size for our family.
There’s no pressure element used in this canning process, just preparing, setting, and freezing so that makes it truly easy and a beginner’s recipe as well!
The How To
First, wash and dry your jars. You can use any jar, small or large. This recipe will make approximately (6) 8oz jars of jam. Use can even use plastic containers.
Next, crush the strawberries. You can use a blender and pulse them until they reach your desired consistency or use a potato masher. Once mashed place them in a large bowl. You can crush them as much as you’d like, leaving small or large bits of berry.
After that pour your sugar and pectin into a saucepan. Mix them thoroughly together. Stir in 1 cup of water, and bring to a boil using medium-high heat, stirring continually.
When it reaches boiling temp, let the mixture boil for exactly 1 minute. I use a timer on my phone, make sure you time it! Then remove from the heat.
Next, pour the pectin mixture into the large bowl of crushed strawberries. Stir until thoroughly combined. Immediately fill the jars with jam leaving 1/2 inch of room at the top. This will allow for the jam to expand in the freezer.
Let the jars sit for 24 hours on the counter and then they are ready! Freeze for up to 1 year. The jam will last for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe, let me know how your jam turned out in the comments!
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Sure-Jell Strawberry Freezer Jam
- Blender or potato masher
- Large Bowl
- Medium pot
- (6) 8oz mason jars with lids
- 4 cups strawberries
- 3 cups sugar 1
- 1 pkg Sure-Jell For Less or No Sugar Needed Recipes
- 1 cup water
- Wash and dry jars.
- Crush strawberries. You can use a blender and pulse them until they reach your desired consistency or use a potato masher. Once mashed place them in a large bowl. You can crush them as much as you'd like, leaving small or large bits of berry.
- Pour sugar and pectin into a saucepan. Mix.
- Stir in water, bring to a boil using medium-high heat, stirring continually.
- When it reached boiling temp, let boil for exactly 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
- Pour pectin mixture into the large bowl of strawberries. Stir until thoroughly combined.
- Immediately fill jars with jam leaving 1/2 inch at the top.
- Let the jars sit for 24 hours on the counter and then they are ready! Freeze for up to 1 year. Jam will last for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.