Homemade Freezer Strawberry Jam
It’s strange, but the older I get the more I forget everyday things, but remember childhood memories. Making freezer jam with my Gramma Verschor (we called her Ma) is one of those memories. I was reading a facebook post about “You Pick Blueberries” and the strawberry jam memory came to me. Don’t ask me why. I am just grateful for the memory. I don’t have a lot of hand written recipes from Ma, but I managed to find this one my Mom gave me.
For a short period we lived next door to my grandparents. And they grew a lot of things. (Including snails….. yes, you heard me snails… guess you wouldn’t call them growing, maybe raising is more like it. ) But they had their own little plot and Ma would go out and harvest them now and then. She would boil them, and my Grandfather (Pa) would pull them out with a crochet hook and eat them. EWWWWWWWWW! This is a story for a different post.
Anyway, they had a small patch of strawberries. This was covered with a homemade “blanket” of weaved rope to keep the birds from getting them before Ma could pick them. Hey! It worked.
Then I would help her make the jam. I have to admit, at the time, I didn’t like helping out. I would rather be on my bike riding as far as I wanted to.
But my Mom made me do it. Even tho I really didn’t want to be there, I knew something was special just being with Ma. And now I have a memory of it.
Before I post the recipe.. a little about the above picture. YOU CAN DO THIS. This is a homemade biscuit (you can buy them and get the same effect). Whipped cream and jam. The “dripping” effect of the whipped cream is from it sitting and getting room temperature.
That’s it. This is a perfect “IMPRESS THE HECK” out of someone for breakfast, brunch or treat. Give me some time and I will find the recipe I used for the homemade biscuit. I am not really very organized. I got it on line sometime somewhere. But can’t find it now.
Easy Easy Strawberry Jam
1 pt fresh strawberries, washed, drained and hulls removed
2 1/2 Cups fresh pineapple, peeled and finely chopped
7 Cups sugar
2 pkgs (1 3/4 oz) powdered pectin
1 Cup cold water
4 pt freezer containers with lids
Place strawberries in a large mixing bowl.
Crush the strawberries with a potato masher.
Measure out 2 1/2 C strawberries and place in a separate bowl.
Add the pineapple to the strawberries.
Slowly add the sugar and stir until well combined.
Place the cold water in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add the pectin.
Stir continuously until water begins to boil.
Boil 1 minute.
Remove from heat.
Pour the water mixture into with the fruit.
Stir well to combine.
Continue stirring 4 minutes.
Pour into the pt freezer containers and cover.
Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours.
Freeze after 24 hours.
Jam will stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months.
To use, remove from freezer and allow to come to room temperature, about 1 hour.
Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.
You can get the containers here:
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But these jars are readily available in your grocery stores.