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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Freezer Jam--Crystal

Yesterday we made Strawberry Freezer Jam. It was so easy to make.

All you need:
*Strawberries-4 cups
*Freezer Jam Pectin-1 pkg.
*Sugar-1 1/2 cups
*Ball Freezer Jars-5 or 6 8oz jars

  1. Cut strawberries. Then smash the strawberries. I used my meat grinder for my Kitchenaid mixer. Worked really well. Otherwise use a hand smasher.

  2. Mix sugar and pectin in a bowl until blended well.

  3. Add four cups of smashed strawberries. Sitr until well blended for 3 mins.

  4. Ladle into the freezer jars to fill line. Twist on lids. Let set for 30 mintues to thicken. Then put into freezer.

Refridgerate up to 3 weeks. Freeze up to 1 year.

It was fun to smash the strawberries in the meat grinder. It worked so well. I really liked that I didn't have to cook the strawberries and then boil the jars.

I made a double batch. The recipe said you only needed 5 jars, but I think since I used the grinder it made more. I think it's because there was less volume. If you use the hand smasher it wouldn't get the strawberries so smashed. So I needed more jars. That's fine with me. More stuff to have.

I also bought more strawberries then needed and ended with enough to make another batch. So I had 8 lbs of strawberries to begin with. I used almost all but 2 cups of the smashed strawberries. So I ended up with 19 jars of jam. That should last us a while.


Amy K said...

I am so jealous of your kitchen aid attachment. Where did you get it? If you lived close I would ask to barrow it. It looks like it would make canning a lot easier!!!

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