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Making Freezer Jam

11182066_10102685474374828_7090965483911552578_nI love peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches, I’ve never grown out of it.  My daughter on the other hand, she’s a straight peanut butter kind of girl.  I’ll never understand her disdain for jelly and jam.  It’s basically like candy on a knife.  The experts say if a child has a hand at making something they are eating, they’re more likely to enjoy eating that particular food.  So I figured why not try that theory out?

Our local farmers market, Holden Brothers, happened to have pick your own strawberries so we grabbed buckets and Daddy and headed out.  Picking your own anything is always so much fun.  We live in a condo so we don’t get a lot of gardening action but it was nice for Addie to see where and how the strawberries grew.  We made a homeschool day out of it researching the strawberry plant when we got home.  Fun and educational is a major win in my book!

11165272_10102685851588888_4213531037666239953_nTo keep it simple we choose to make freezer jam.  What’s freezer jam you ask?  It’s a no cook jam that takes minimal ingredients and minimal tools to make.  You also don’t have to go through the canning process to save these.  Canning scares me!  After the jam sets up, you just pop what you wont be using for awhile in the freezer to preserve it.  We used the recipe on the back of the box of SURE-JELL.  It was delicious.  Both my husband and I loved how this jam turned out.  It set up well and was very sweet – just the way we like it. Addie, however, was not a fan – not that I am surprised.  I guess in this case, the experts were wrong.  Making the jam herself didn’t make her want to eat it anymore than buying it off the shelf.  Me though, I’ve been putting it on everything – peanut butter sandwiches, toast, ice cream and even eating it off a spoon (it wasn’t my finest moment).  We made several batches of this jam with all of the strawberries we picked, baked some homemade biscuits and handed them out to all of our neighbors.  It was such a fun day.  In case you want the recipe, I’ll list it below.

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2 cups crushed strawberries (buy 1 qt. fully ripe strawberries)

4 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl

3/4 cup water

1 pkg. SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin

Make It!

Rinse 5 (1-cup) plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly. Remove and discard strawberry stems. Crush strawberries thoroughly, 1 cup at a time. Measure exactly 2 cups prepared fruit into large bowl. Stir in sugar. Let stand 10 min., stirring occasionally.
Mix water and pectin in small saucepan. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring 1 min. Add to fruit mixture; stir 3 min. or until most the sugar is dissolved. (A few sugar crystals may remain.)
Fill containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or in freezer up to 1 year. (If frozen, thaw in refrigerator before using.)
If you try it, let me know how it turns out!
Delightfully,
Jackie

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