Making freezer jam is easy and delicious and a must for me during strawberry and raspberry season. I love buying my berries right from the farm. My favourite is Hutchinson Farm in Burlington (www.hutchinsonfarm.ca). There is nothing better than enjoying fresh summer berry jam in the middle of a blustery winter day!
Freezer Jam is easier and faster and requires less sugar than traditional cooked and preserved jam. All you need for a batch is 4 cups of fresh fruit (approx 2 quarts of strawberries finely chopped), 1 1/2 cups of sugar, a package of “No Cook Freezer Jam” gelling powder, and some jam jars.
The step-by-step instructions come on the back of the package so just follow the directions for perfect results. prefer Clubhouse Garden Fare No Cook Freezer Jam gelling powder as it is the first I tried, and has produced excellent results. Some preparation tips that I have are: 1) Put your jars and lids in the dishwasher and select sanitize to get them clean and ready to fill with jam. 2) Use a potato masher to gently crush the strawberries to the chunkiness you desire.
To defrost the jam, just place in the fridge overnight and it will be ready for you in the morning.
Note: One strawberry freezer jam recipe yielded 5 – 250ml containers of jam (pictured on above).