strawberry freezer jam

The baby was demanding homemade strawberry jam, so instead of sewing this weekend I made a little army of freezer jam.  My poor little freezer is not equipped to hold twelve jars of jam in addition to our usual frozen goods, so a few of these pretties are going to find a new home.

Have you ever made jam?  I've only done the easy freezer jam, but one of these days I am going to get brave and make cooked jam.

You know what is really good?  Strawberry freezer jam and nutella, spread liberally on yummy bread.  It almost tastes like a chocolate covered strawberry sandwich!  It is becoming my favorite treat and within about 10 minutes of eating one, Ruby is doing backflips in the womb, so I think she likes it, too.  :)

36 comments:

embee said...

are you going to post which how-to you used? wink wink. :)

Joy said...

Love homemade strawberry jam! I have make the cooked jam several times with my mom but never on my own. I just stick with the freezer jam too!

Jill said...

embee - click on the link at the top of the post for the how-to. :)

Deanna said...

Boiling Water-bath canning, especially for jams and jellies is SUPER easy, and fun, done it for the past four years. :) I just did the freezer jam for the first time this year (because we too, lack space) and actually like the canning method better...plus it's easier to store...but that nutella sounds yummy!!!

Mandy said...

oh, so yummy!! I've only done freezer as well, but it's soooo good - I did a post on it a couple of weeks ago: http://craftedition.blogspot.com/2010/04/homemade-strawberry-jelly.html
MMM, all this looking and talking about it, I'm going to have to go eat some right now!

Emily said...

I was just thinking this would be perfect with the honey wheat bread I made last night. . . .btw love the name Ruby! :)

the Spartan said...

With a name like Ruby it's no wonder she needs a ruby red jam fix.

As crafty as you are (in the good way, not the bad) you could definitely make cooked jam. It's pretty easy and a great way to learn is to pick up a box of pectin and follow the recipe--it's practically fool-proof if you do that!

In the meantime, enjoy that jam and nutella. Sheesh that sounds good.

LOVE TO STITCH BEE TREE DESIGNS said...

Strawberry jam is easy to make. If it doesn't set up, it works as wonderful strawberry syrup for your ice cream, mmmmmm!! (it doesn't usually happen as long as you cook it long enough)
NOW, I have not ever tried nutella. I hear it's wonderful, but I am the pickest eater on the face of the earth and am afraid to buy a jar.......kids have grown, moved out and grandkids do not eat peanut butter and jelly (horrors! in fact they really hardly ever eat bread(crazy kids eat vegetables and meat w/or w/o pasta) so what would I do with it if I don't like it on bread. Can you use it for anything besides a sandwich? Cookies? desserts?

The Stringham 5 said...
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The Stringham 5 said...

Cooked jam is so easy. You just have to be willing to have an armache for the stirring. :) I make jam every year and I have ever since I was about 8 or 9, with my mom. And you don't have to do the boiling water bath to do cooked jam. Just flip them upside down for 5 minutes after you fill and seal the jars.

Bridget said...

I just made a ton of freezer jam to and it's the best. I've done cooked jam as well but it kind of cooks the fruit so it doesn't taste as fresh or as good to me. I stay stick with freezer jam! Love the baby name by the way :).

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

I must be the only person in the world who has not tried Nutella!

I make a simple strawberry jam also, I never thought to freeze it tho! Thanks for the link I am going to look into it!

Landon and Kylie said...

Cooked jam isn't very hard, but freezer jam is waaay better, so stick with what you know!

Katie said...

I LOVE freezer jam! Today I am also making strawberry bread (www.letsdish.blogspot.com), strawberry fruit leather (www.smallnotebook.com) and freezer strawberry syrup. YUM! But I am tiring of the wash, de-stem, chop, repeat part of it all:)

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All About Amelia said...

need me to test your receipe? i can send you my address and take one off your hands! lol! i hav enever made or had homemade jam! i may have to try this out.

Kourtney said...

As I grew up I never learned how to can and preserve... so I taught myself totally not hard. I too have limited freezer space and right now baby food is top priority... so I can as many things as I can (jam , salsa, apple sauce). When I was preggo I loved strawberry jam as well, I would put it into plain yogurt. Yum! I still can't believe last summer I was on my hands and knees pregnant to pick strawberries so I could make jam. You should give it a try... you will get obsessed and try to can everything. Good luck!

Umma crafty squirrel said...

I've never made or eaten strawberry freezer jam, but yours looks delicious. I've just discovered nutella and love it!

TanuvasaCasa said...

I've only made the cooked kind. Living in Hawaii my favorite to make is brown sugar papaya jam...oh it doesn't last in our house. And I agree with Nutella. Living in germany when I was young, we lived on the stuff! Ever tried it on crepes or german pancakes???

Emily's World said...

I've only ever made jam that is cooked and done in the hot bath. Too funny that we both have done the opposite. I want to try freezer jam some day. I've had some and it is good. I am so trying the jam with nutella though. I personally do creamy peanut butter and nutella. It gives me a little protein...right. :)

Laura said...

Would like to try this sometime. Once we aren't having to conserve water that is...Nashville resident.

Miss Jenn said...

My mom, 2 sisters and I usually get together once a year and do up about 20 lbs of strawberries and 20 pounds of peaches into jam. That gets us *almost* through the year...sometimes we have to make a little more strawberry to get through! Our kids have never tasted store-bought jelly/jams! We stick with freezer jam b/c the taste is fresher--more fruity--than shelf jelly. Oh, and mom and dad have the enormous freezer so they store it for us! :)

Jenn said...

How have I never thought of a Nutella and strawberry sandwich?! That sounds AWESOME.

Lora said...

Strawberry peach freezer jam is absolutely, with out a doubt, hands down the best freezer jam. Try it out next time. You will be in LOVE.

Danielle said...

Looks good! I can't wait to start canning this summer! I have my books out ready to start planning...

WendyLou said...

I started out with strawberry freezer jam, too, but quickly progressed to canned jams and jellies. Let me just assure you that they are SUPER simple!! I just followed the directions in the pectin box. You don't need a pressure canner either - just a water bath canner (like $20 at W*l M*rt).

Don't be afraid of the water bath canner! They aren't anywhere near as finicky and dangerous as the pressure canner. If you have a stockpot deep enough to cover the tops of your jars with at least an inch of water, then you don't even need the water canner! My Mama always puts a dishtowel in the bottom of the pot to protect the jars.

Go for it!! You'll be sooo glad you did, and you'll wonder why you waited!!

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Jen said...

Now *that* is summer! My mom always made strawberry jam when I was a kid... and homemade bread. There is nothing better. Ruby has superb taste. ( ;

Sarah said...

Your jam looks yummy!

Canning jam is one of the easiest things you can can. :) There are some great tutorials online. My favorites are at www.pickyourown.org. Their tutorials have lots of pictures and are very step-by-step.

As a former apartment-dweller, I stored all my home-canned goods under the bed in pull-out boxes. They can be a little heavy to move if you fill the boxes full, but the pint and half pint jars fit really well. You may need to put your bed on risers for any quart jars.

I love your blog. I've been lurking for a while now. Oh, and I love the name Ruby. :)

Anonymous said...

Cooked jam is pretty easy. I made it once for Christmas gifts with blackberries. SO good.

Berlinswhimsy said...

I LOVE freezer jam! We make it every year when the strawberries come into season in Oregon. Another great way to use it is to make a "cheater" strawberry shortcake, using the freezer jam as a sauce---that way you can have fresh-tasting strawberry shortcake any time of year!

Aunt Mary said...

I make both kinds because we like the freezer for freshness, but need to can because of space limits in the freezer. Besides, it makes the larder full and pretty to see all those different kinds of jellies and jams canned and on the shelves: Strawberry, Raspberry, Chokecherry, Blackberry, Apricot/Pineapple, Peach, Applebutter, Strawberry/rhubarb, the list is endless. Everyone needs to try it once in a stockpot like Wendylou suggested. We just turned them upside down until they sealed. Turned out great. Never lasted long enough to go bad!

Clare said...

I think freezer jam is yummier than cooked. It has less sugar and tastes more like fresh strawberries. I always use the recipe that comes with the low sugar sure-jel. It is harder to store, though, and you have to use it up sooner.

Edwin and Holly said...

Jill your blog has gotten so popular!! way to go! You are super talented! I'm excited for you to have baby #2 congrats! The name Ruby is so cute! Hope you guys are doing well!! I just made the easy freezer jam as well and we love it!

grey umbrella said...

i made some strawberry vanilla jam a few weeks back -- the old fashioned on the stove way. i'll have to try this freezer jam!!

Kate said...

freezer jam tastes much fresher - don't bother doing the other kind. The only benefit to that is ease of storage, but taste wins out in my opinion!
thanks for the great blog, I just found it today.

Jerald said...

Looks amazing!!!! /I look forward to your feedback /thanks for this man it was very helpful.

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