Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam (in less than an hour!)

Ready for a quick, delicious recipe perfect for fresh strawberries?  My mom taught me how to make Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam a few years ago and it is now one of our favorite recipes!

This jam is DELICIOUS.  As in so delicious my father-in-law eats it straight out of the jar with a spoon.  We always give him a few jars for his birthday and Christmas.homemade strawberry freezer jame recipe, quick & delicious | hemming birds create

The best part is that it is SUPER quick.  We made two batches in less than an hour!  That is 13 jars of delicious homemade strawberry goodness.  

And if you need more motivation to make some, it costs less than half the cost of buying good jam at the store (see my calculations at the end of the post for more details!) 

We always have some around – we keep one jar in the fridge and the rest in the freezer (and thaw a new one once our fridge jar is running low.) homemade strawberry freezer jam | hemming birds create

It’s pretty simple - here are the basics.  There is also a printable recipe below.

First, prep your strawberries and mash them with a potato masher.  You can pulverize them until they are completely crushed, or leave big pieces of fruit – it’s your call.  Ours was about a medium level of pulverization (is that really a word?) My next batch will be even more homogeneous (picky toddler doesn’t like “chunks” of fruit in anything.)  You’ll need 4 cups of crushed berries. puree strawberries with a potato masher

Next, mix sugar with the contents of one SURE-JELL package.  Add water, and heat until boiling.  Once boiling, stir constantly for 1 minute and then remove from heat.  Mix with mashed berries until fully combined, and pour into clean containers.

homemade strawberry freezer jam

Strawberry Freezer Jam
Yields 6
Quick & delicious homemade strawberry freezer jam using less sugar. Freezer jam is made without cooking the fruit & is stored in the refrigerator (up to 3 weeks) or in the freezer (up to 1 year.)
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 pints strawberries (4 cups crushed)
  2. 3 cups sugar
  3. 1 box of SURE-JELL
  4. 1 cup cold water
Preparations
  1. Wash jam jars & lids really well (both glass & plastic containers work). For freezer jam you don't need to have the lid "seal" like you do when making cooked jam, it's OK to reuse old lids or use plastic caps.
  2. Wash strawberries & remove stems.
Making the jam
  1. First, crush but don't puree strawberries (for jam you want bits of crushed fruit!) Our tried-and-true method is crushing fruit with a potato masher in a 13x9 glass baking dish. Measure out 4 cups of crushed berries.
  2. Stir together 3 cups of sugar and the content of one box of "SURE-JELL For Less or No Sugar Needed Fruit Pectin" in a small saucepan.
  3. Add 1 cup of water and bring mixture to a boil. Boil and stir for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  4. Mix hot pectin/sugar mixture and 4 cups of mashed berries in a bowl until combined.
  5. Pour or spoon into prepared containers, leaving about a 1/2 inch space at the top (it will expand slightly during freezing.)
  6. Cover jars and let them set at room temperature for 24 hours.
  7. Jam can stay in the refrigerator for around 3 weeks and in the freezer for 1 year. Thaw frozen jam in the refrigerator when needed.
Adapted from Yana's Mom - adapted from SURE-JELL
Adapted from Yana's Mom - adapted from SURE-JELL
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Good jam is really expensive to buy – the high end jars cost at least $7 – $8 dollars a jar (~1.5 cups) at the store.  We made 12 cups (two batches) for $20 of farm fresh strawberries, two packages of SURE-JELL ($2.50/each), and 6 cups of sugar (about $2.50.)  Total that is $27.50, which means our 1.5 cup jar of homemade strawberry jam made from local farm fresh strawberries is $3.44.  That is less than half price!  Plus, we know exactly what is in the jam. . .no preservatives, coloring, etc.

Comments

  1. Cassie says

    I LOVED your mom’s jam growing up, Yana! I am psyched that I can now make my own. Does this work for other fruit, raspberries or blueberries, as well?

  2. Jacklynn Grimm says

    Thanks for the recipe! My mom used to make this, too, and she would add rhubarb……drooling just thinking about it!!

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