Anne's Cookbook: Freezer JamEvery year, at this time, I make freezer jam with fresh berries. My mother always made freezer jam when we were growing up and now my siblings and I, including my brother, all continue that tradition. My daughters grew up helping me make jam and now that they are not living here, I have a great jam-making partner in my husband. When I serve this homemade and delicious jam to guests, I usually get praised for making my own jam, like it is difficult to do. It is not. It is very easy to make freezer jam. Today I am hoping to demystify the jam-making process for you.
Compile all the ingredients and implements
Berries, sugar, pectin (I use Sure Jell brand. the low-sugar variety), jars
Open up the Pectin box for the recipe and directions. Even though I have made jam for at least 30 years, I still do this every time.
|Note the directions are double-sided. |
Select the directions for the Quick and Easy FREEZER Jam directions
|The general directions are the same for all types of berries/fruit. They are listed here in 5 easy steps.|
|The chart shows the amount of crushed fruit to sugar. I usually make raspberry or strawberry jam. The amount of sugar is different for the two berries. I check this carefully every year.|
Wash and prepare the jars
I've been using the same jars for years, occasionally I will purchase new lids, but not often. I have a real hodge-podge collection of jars. The recipe says to expect 6 cups of jam, so plan accordingly. The jars need to be ready the minute the jam is done, so this is an important step at this point in the process.
Clean, crush, measure the berries