Each year, my son’s daycare has a field trip to a local farm with amazing strawberry fields. We go and pick as many as we can for the sole purpose of making freezer jam…there is absolutely nothing in the grocery store that comes close to homemade jam! Here’s how we do it.
As quickly as you can after picking, wash them to prepare for preserving.
Measure 4 cups of washed, capped berries and mash them in a bowl.
After mashing, measure 2 cups of the berries and stir together with 4 cups of sugar.
Allow to macerate for 10 minutes, or until sugar is mostly dissolved.
As the berries are macerating, stir together 1 box of Sure-Jell and 3/4 c. water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, over medium heat. Once boiling, allow to cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
After cooking, stir the Sure-Jell mixture into the berry mixture and blend until no longer gritty (i.e. sugar is dissolved). Ladle into freezer containers and freeze for up to one year. Alternatively, these will last in the refrigerator for approximately one month.
This recipe yields about 5 cups of jam…here’s the result!