When you consider making jam at home you might be overwhelmed by what appears to be a daunting process. Sure your great-grandmother may have made her own jam all the time but modern convenience has made this practice a thing of the past. You don't have to be overwhelmed. Instead follow this recipe and you can make freezer jam with little hassle.
- Gather the materials. You will need a few simple items for making freezer jam. Select ripe, fresh fruit for the best flavor. Assemble the pectin, sugar and jars for freezing. Gather a few bowls, spoons and forks for preparation and you will be ready to begin.
- Prepare the fruit. Wash all the fruit then patiently remove the stems, seeds and any part you don't want to eat. You can skin some fruits but it is not necessary. Cut the fruit into chunks.
- Mash the fruit. Place the cut fruit into a clean bowl and use your forks to mash the fruit into a paste or mash. This will look similar to a thick applesauce.
- Prepare other ingredients. In a second bowl mix the sugar and pectin. Stir until well blended.
- Combine sugar mixture with the fruit. Pour the sugar and pectin mixture into the fruit bowl and stir. Mix the ingredients together for three minutes.
- Pour the mix into jars. Pour or spoon the fruit mix into jars. Fill so that you leave the top half-inch of jar empty. Screw on the jar lids so they are secure.
- Let jam sit. Leave the jars on the counter to stand for at least thirty minutes. When you come back after thirty minutes you should notice that the mixture has thickened.
- Place the jam into the freezer. Once thickened the jam is ready to be frozen and stored. Place the jars into the freezer where they will keep for up to one year.
- Use the jam. When you are ready to use the jam, pull one of the jars out of the freezer and place it into the refrigerator. The jam should keep in the refrigerator for about three weeks.
Freezer jam is simple to make and does not require a full day of cooking and preparation. By following these steps you can create a non-cook jam that your family and friends will love. This recipe works well with apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear and many other jam flavors so go ahead and start experimenting with your own jams.