This is my favorite freezer Jam recipes it can be applied to any fruit with a few adjustments. It makes 4 half-pint jars of jam. This one is made with strawberries. I have successfully used it with peaches, raspberries and cherries. The fruit spread/jam can also be used as a topping on ice cream. It has a fresh fruit taste, and the low sugar is what makes this a favorite for me. I grab a couple of jar out of the freezer for the pictures. You can see the jam keeps it color beautifully too.
3 cups mashed strawberries[1 1/2 pound fresh strawberries washed hulled and coarsely chopped, then mashed with a potato masher]
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup sugar or sugar substitute[Splenda]
3 tablespoons of instant pectin
- Combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a large bowl[glass, ceramic, or stainless steel]. Stir well and let stand about 30 minutes. Add pectin 1 tablespoon at a time stir well until completely combined after each addition. Let stand for five minutes to activate the pectin.
- Spoon jam into clean jars half pint jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Wipe rims clean with a clean damp cloth. Loosely apply clean lids and set jars in freezer.
- Once frozen completely [about 5 hours] tighten lids Store in freezer for up to 1 year in the refrigerator for up to one month.
[For this recipe I used Ball Real Fruit Pectin, You may use other freezer pectin, if so it may require a different amount.]