Strawberry Freezer Jam

Strawberry Freezer Jam

May is the month for strawberries! We will be celebrating our annual Pungo Strawberry Festival here in Virginia Beach this coming weekend. Thousands will pick fresh strawberries from the fields, nibble on chocolate covered strawberries, sample fresh strawberry pie and jam. My family has been making strawberry jam ever since I can remember! Would you believe me if I told you that you can make Strawberry Freezer Jam in less than 30 minutes? Strawberry Freezer Jam is the easiest, most delicious jam you’ll ever make!

Strawberry Freezer Jam, Homemade strawberry jam, strawberry preserves

You will find the recipe listed again at the bottom of the post, but I thought I’d break it down for you step by simple step! To make Strawberry Freezer Jam all you need is some fresh strawberries. Don’t worry, you don’t have to pick them yourself to make jam. You can easily use strawberries from the grocery store. You’ll want 2 quarts of sweet and juicy strawberries. Taste them first! Make sure you like them. Great tasting strawberries make exceptional jam.

strawberry bucket, galvanized pail with strawberries, strawberries

Wash and de-stem your strawberries. Quarter the large strawberries. Place them in a large bowl and crush. Crush enough strawberries until you have 2 cups of crushed berries.

Crushed Strawberries

Time to enter into a sugar coma. To be honest, once I started making jam myself I found that I don’t eat as much of it as I so eagerly used to. In this situation, trust me, ignorance is bliss. Ok, here we go… don’t say I didn’t warn you…. Add 4 cups of sugar. Yep, I said four. Are you still with me?

adding sugar to strawberry jam, making strawberry jam, silver measuring cup

Let’s add some tartness to all that sweetness we just dumped on our strawberries. Add the juice of half a lemon and stir well. This is my mom’s secret to her jam! It really does make a huge difference and a gives the jam a fresh, bright flavor. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes.

squeeze lemon juice in strawberry jam

You will need one package of fruit pectin. This is the ingredient that makes the jam set up.

Fruit Pectin, home made strawberry jam, strawberry freezer jam

Dissolve pectin in 3/4 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil one minute. Pour the boiling pectin over crushed strawberries and stir well.

Stir in boiling fruit pectin, how to make strawberry jam

Fill your containers 3/4 full. Be sure not to overfill the containers because the jam will expand some in the freezer. Feel free to use glass jars, plastic jelly containers, or even small zip-lock freezer bags. Wipe off any spills from the edges of your jars with a damp cloth and screw on your lids.  If you are using freezer bags, then try to press out excess air before sealing. Allow it to sit on your counter for 24 hours and then place in your freezer until you are ready to use it.

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Strawberry Freezer Jam
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Recipe type: Jams
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Serves: 7 (8oz. jars)
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of crushed fresh strawberries
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 envelope of fruit pectin
  • ¾ cup water
Instructions
  1. Wash and de-stem your strawberries. Quarter large strawberries.
  2. In a large bowl, crush the strawberries until you have 2 full cups of crushed strawberries.
  3. Add 4 cups of sugar and juice from ½ a lemon. Stir well and allow to sit 10 minutes.
  4. Dissolve pectin in ¾ cup of water in a small saucepan.
  5. Bring to a boil and boil one minute.
  6. Pour boiling pectin over crushed strawberries and stir well.
  7. Fill each jar ¾ with the jam. Wipe off any spills from the edges of jar and screw on the lid.
  8. Allow to sit for 24 hours then place in the freezer to store until ready for use.

 

Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe

2 cups of crushed fresh strawberries

Juice of half a lemon

4 cups granulated sugar

1 envelope of fruit pectin

3/4 cup water

Directions: Wash and de-stem your strawberries. Quarter large strawberries. In a large bowl, crush the strawberries until you have 2 full cups of crushed strawberries. Add 4 cups of sugar and juice from 1/2 a lemon. Stir well and allow to sit 10 minutes. Dissolve pectin in 3/4 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil one minute. Pour boiling pectin over crushed strawberries and stir well. Fill each jar 3/4 with the jam. Wipe off any spills from the edges of jar and screw on the lid. Allow to sit for 24 hours then place in the freezer to store until ready for use. Recipe makes approximately 7 (8oz.) jars of jam.

Strawberry Freezer Jam, galvanized pail of strawberries, english muffin with jam

You can store the jam in the freezer for 6 –9 months. When you are ready to use your strawberry jam, simply allow it to thaw in the fridge or on your counter for 15 minutes. After opening your strawberry freezer jam jar, be sure to store the left overs in the fridge. Once you see how you made your own homemade strawberry jam in less than half an hour you might never purchase store bought jam again!

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Comments

  1. This looks so ridiculously yummy! We got real, homemade jam for Xmas one year… and Jim and I only used it on homemade biscuits to pay homage to it 😉 It was delicious! This looks like something I could do. Maybe I’ll give it a shot?

    • cookingmommy says:

      This is an absolutely beautiful recipe that I am going to make for the kids tomorrow morning with waffles. I love the way you makes these, they are a perfect snack on crackers, the strawberries are fantastic. I am going to serve this with rye bread to our dieting group on Wednesday, the berries cause weight loss.

  2. We made 15 jars…I think we have 6 left. I can’t help but hand it out when someone does something nice for us! 🙂 Don’t forget if you go to the festival to check out my Cuzzin Anne’s booth! She is launching PUNGO Couture at the festival! Soaps, Hats, T-shirts, Pictures, Custom made bullet casing jewelery and all the fixin’s ! Aprons to die for! Just Say Cuzzin’ Tracy sent ya! yee haw!

  3. What a fantastic recipe…makes such a great hostess gift!!!

  4. Wow! This looks so delicious and super easy. I will have to pin this recipe!

  5. I just bought strawberries! Now, I just need to get a lemon (and LOTS of jars)!

  6. I never thought of freezing them. I’m not a big baker/freezer/mixer upper . I really should try some of these recipes though, my son would love to make this 🙂 I bet it’s delicious.

  7. This is my favorite jam! I love that it only takes 30 minutes to make something that tastes so wonderful! We always make enough jam to make it through the year and I’m so thankful. Your pictures on this post are AMAZING!

  8. beautiful jam!

  9. Can’t wait to try this! Sounds delicious.

    -Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

  10. I love Pungo! My sister lives in VB too and we always ride down there – it’s such a charming area. Can’t wait to try the jam – sounds just like spring. thanks for sharing this!

  11. My family loves freezer jam! Last summer we made it for the first time and it was great:) I think this is the recipe we used. In the second batch, I used a half cup of raspberries to get my 2 cups I needed. It was really good! As always, Love you stuff!!! 🙂

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