Saturday, June 29, 2013

Fresh Homemade Raspberry Freezer Jam



One of the best parts of summer is making fresh berry jam.


For great freezer jam start with fresh berries!


We pick strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries every year at local farms. This is a fun way to include your kids too, they can see where the berries come from and how they are grown. They also get to eat the delicious fresh fruit while they help pick. It is a fun and easy way to help them learn to contribute to the family.  Kids feel good when they can say they helped, even if they complain a little in the process. 




There are many types of pectin available I just happen to have a no-fail favorite, Sure-Jell.  People often ask me what I use because the flavor of the jam is so good. And it has a little less sugar in the recipe. Weight watcher  followers can add 1 point per Tbsp of this jam. 






There are different ways to make jams and jellies, but I prefer the taste and consistency of freezer jam.  The one thing you would have to take note of is that of course it has to be stored in the freezer so you would need to have the space for it. One batch will make about 6-7 jars, which doesn't take up a lot of space.

 And you can always make jam as needed and use frozen berries, I often do this later in the year as we start to run out.

The recipe is provided in the box and you will need to follow it exactly. For my favorite jam look for the section, Quick & Easy Freezer Jam Recipes.  The jam shown on my blog today is called, red raspberry. I also like the strawberry. When I was teaching, my students made jam as one of their first projects. Lots of my students liked the blueberry. Try several, you can't go wrong with this product.




The basic steps include:

Crush berries but don't puree.



  Measure crushed berries exactly and set aside.



Measure sugar exactly and place in a medium to large sauce pan. Add pectin and mix well.

  




   Add 1 cup of water to pectin and measured sugar.




                                      Stir water into pectin and sugar and mix well.


    Bring mixture to a low boil, let boil for 1 minute.



                                 Add crushed berries to hot pectin and sugar mixture.




      Mix together well scraping sides of pan too.



                  Fill up the jars, a soup ladle works well.



                             

      Wipe the edges clean before placing lids on.



                   Let prepared jam sit on the counter for 24 hours before freezing.


Enjoy!




2 comments:

  1. Would this recipe work with apricots?

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  2. Hi Allison-

    Yes, there is an apricot recipe for freezer jam on the Sure Jell instruction sheet. It calls for 2 1/2lbs of apricots (4 cups very finely chopped) inside the box is a folded instruction sheet. On the lower half you will find, Quick & Easy Freezer Jam Recipes, it is the first one listed.

    Good luck, I just know you will be pleased with this product!

    Mary

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