One of the greatest simple delights of summer is biting into a juicy, sweet strawberry. However, you can savor that moment all year round by making freezer jam. It's very easy to do, and so yummy- you'll never want to eat store-bought jam again!
Strawberry Freezer Jam
4 cups mashed strawberries
1.5 cups sugar (or Splenda if you chose)
1 packet of freezer jam pectin
* In a large bowl, mash strawberries until only small chunks remain. This will result in a lot of juice. I used a pastry cutter, followed by a potato masher. The kids seemed to enjoy helping out as well.
* In a small bowl, mix sugar and packet of pectin together. Dump this mixture into the strawberries and stir for 3 minutes.
* Ladle into clean jars (glass or plastic), leaving a 1/2" space at the top to allow for expansion during freezing. Screw on lids and let set for 30 minutes. After that, store in the freezer for up to a year, or keep it in the fridge where it will last for several weeks (more like hours in our house, though!).
What's your favorite way to eat jam? On homemade bread or biscuits? Perhaps on pancakes or waffles? Straight of the jar with a spoon? :)