Making Homemade Freezer Jam for the First Time

• 21 July 2011















































Over the span of two weeks I've made 10 batches of freezer jam--yep, that's 1-0--all the while wondering why in the world I waited to long to try my hand at what turned out to be a very simple thing to make. To think, I allowed myself to be intimidated by a mere fruit and a few other key ingredients. I feel so silly now! Since I'm a novice "jammer" at this point (is that even a real word?), I started with the basics and made straight up strawberry and raspberry jams. I experimented a little with sugar, honey, lemon and two kinds of pectin. However, I kept my first attempts pretty simple as I am just a beginner. Once I have a chance to sample them all, I'll have a better idea of what tastes best and I'll share my thoughts and recipes with you.

As I putzed around the kitchen cleaning berries, staining tea towels and labeling jars, a few thoughts came to mind I wanted to share:

1. Berry season is relatively short so get out and enjoy them while you can! Pick 'em, eat 'em or at the very least, buy them. They will never be so reasonably priced and so delicious any other time of year.

2. If you haven't made jam before, you need to...like this week. Go out, pick up a box of freezer jam pectin (or no-cook pectin), and follow the instructions on the box. It's that easy. The pectin you'll need is located next to the regular pectin and canning jars.

3. It's important to remember that you can do, make, or be anything you set your mind to. You can teach yourself anything as long as you're willing to put in the time and elbow grease. The well-known adage, "practice makes perfect", exists for a reason :)

And with that I wish you a lovely Thursday!

p.s. if you're interested, I've shared my tips on making freezer jam over here

images by Stephanie Brubaker for stephmodo

9 comments:

Courtney said...

I made freezer jam for the first time about 4 years ago, and I was so surprised by how easy it was! It always seemed so daunting because it was something my mom always did each summer and it seemed so Domestic. I make jam each summer now, and this summer I finally branched out and made peach-raspberry, strawberry, peach, and now I'm thinking of trying something with blueberries or adding herbs. It's so fun! And it's wonderful to reap the rewards of the work through the winter when fruit is out of season. (especially when eaten on homemade bread!)

Mary said...

It's funny how we can let ourselves be intimidated by things until we actually try them! I remember how daunting I thought it was to roast a chicken, and now I think it's one of the easiest things to cook. I'm sure it's the same with jam, and yet I haven't crossed that bridge yet. Maybe next year's berry season...

Nikki said...

Freezer jam is the only jam I know how to make. It's the best. We've just run out of our supply. Now it's time to get cracking!

Anonymous said...

i love your photography.

angela hardison said...

YUM! and beautiful photos.

Victoria said...

Oh, I love homemade jam and freezer jam is super easy and tasty!

Lori Cartwright said...

Strawberry freezer jam is our favorite! A few years ago I started making other jams and jellies using the "inversion method" and now we have peach jam and apple cranberry jelly to go along with our strawberry. So easy and so good!

Love from Lori C.

Becs said...

Good for you! Looks delish.

Adrienne said...

I have gotten to the point now where I have started experimenting with my own flavors. My most recent recommendations are Nectarine-Raspberry and Strawberry-Kiwi. They both taste like smoothies :) So delicious.

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