Interested in making homemade jam, but turned off by all of the time, work and know-how that goes into canning? Then, freezer jam could be just the thing for you. Here's what you need to know to make a batch of freezer jam in 30-minutes or less:
Freezer Jam Supplies
To make freezer jam you will need:
- Fruit- Your jam will only be as good as the fruit that you put into it, so be sure to choose ripe fruit. Over or under-ripened fruit won't taste as good, and may cause problems with the jelling process.
- Pectin- Available in liquid and powder form, pectin is used to thicken the jam.
- Sugar - Sugar serves several purposes in freezer jam. It sweetens the jam, helps it to set up and prevents bacteria growth. If you would prefer to make low-sugar or no-sugar-added jam, a special pectin must be used.
- Jars- Use jars that are specifically designed for the freezer – both plastic and glass, wide-mouthed freezer jars are available.
Making Freezer Jam
Some recipes for freezer jam require cooking others do not. Here's a look at what is typically involved in preparing no-cook freezer jam:
1. Wash, hull and stem the fruit.
2. Place the fruit in a large mixing bowl, and crush with a potato masher.
3. Combine the sugar and pectin in another bowl, and stir until well blended.
4. Add the sugar-pectin mixture to the fruit, and stir for three minutes.
5. Pour the resulting mixture into jars, leaving a half-inch of headspace at the top of each jar.
6. Screw on the lids, and clean up any drips.
7. Let stand for 30 minutes, or until thickened.
8. Freeze or refrigerate immediately.
Freezer Jam Recipes
Storing Freezer Jam
Freezer jam can be stored in the freezer for up to a year or in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
Tips and Warnings
1) Unsweetened, frozen fruit can also be used
2) Do not double recipes, as it may interfere with the setting process
3) Freezer jars do not need to be sterilized, but should be cleaned before use
4) For best results, freezer jam recipes should not be altered