Friday, June 10, 2011

Cooking Experiment: Strawberry Freezer Jam

I decided to try making something new with strawberries.  At only $.99, I figure I can afford to mess up, with a little less disappointment.  Not to mention that if it turns out great, I can make a bunch more at only $.99!

As always, the recipe comes from my trusty  JORDAN76 was the recipe submitter, but after reading the reviews, I think it's a fairly standard recipe.  In a nutshell, here's how I went about making Strawberry Freezer Jam.

Strawberries: Before & After

*Clean and hull one 16oz container of fresh strawberries
*I used "pulse" on my food processor to cut them up, but the recipe actually suggests crushing them
*Add 4 cups of sugar to strawberries; let sit 10 minutes
*I mixed 1/4 cup of dry pectin (recipe called for one package, but I purchased a bigger tub and had to improvise) with 3/4 cups of water in a pan and brought to a boil for about one minute
*Pour pectin/water mixture into strawberry/sugar mixture and stir well
*Let sit 3 minutes
*Pour into storage containers
*I then stuck them in the fridge for 24 hours
*Keep one out if you want to use it right away; freeze the rest

As I was reading the recipe, it referred to using jars.  I wasn't sure about glass in the freezer, and I was still pondering what I would use to store my jam, when I happened to come across plastic freezer jars from Ball.  Whala, problem solved!  One batch fit perfectly (and I mean p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y) into the five jars : )

As of right now, I have not taste-tested the product after it's 24-hour sit up time, but the initial liquid mixture is pretty tasty.  As a couple of Allrecipes reviewers suggested, it may be a little on the sweet side.  However, I think after it all jells and is spread on bread, ice cream, etc., it will be just right.

I couldn't have tightened all those lids myself; lol!
Finished product in the fridge, waiting to go to the freezer.

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