We be jamming.

Sorry for the delay, Joey Joe Joe had to get emergency surgery while in California so I had to go meet him and now we’re in Austin..earlier than expected for a friends wedding. Anyhow, I went strawberry picking a few weeks ago with friends. We picked over 10 lbs of berries; thus we froze many of them and also made freezer jam!

First, freezer jam.We followed this recipe as we bought Sure Jell Pectin (http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/30-minutes-homemade-surejell-50137.aspx). Next time, I think we’ll try to find a recipe with less sugar because the jam is a little sweet.

Ingredients:

5 Jelly Jars
2 cups Strawberries, crushed
4 cups Sugar
1 box Pectin
3/4 cup Water

Rinse jelly jars, lids and seals with boiling water and let dry on a clean towel. Rinse strawberries, cut off tops and cut in half. Place strawberries in a bowl and crush. Measure 2 cups of the crushed strawberries and place into bowl. Add 4 cups of sugar and stir. Let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a small saucepan, mix pectin and water. Over high heat, bring to a boil and stir constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute stirring continuously. Add pectin water mixture to strawberry mixture and stir until sugar is dissolved. Immediately fill jelly jars to 1/2″ from top. Wipe off tops of jars and place lid on top. Leave jars on counter for 24 hours and then place in freezer. Jam stays fresh in the fridge for 3 weeks and in the freezer up to 1 year. Enjoy!!

As we picked boatloads of strawberries, we had a lot left over for freezing and eating. To freeze strawberries, follow the following steps. Cut tops of strawberries. Rinse and let dry. Place wax paper on a cookie sheet or lasagna pan (shown here). Place strawberries point side up on the wax paper with space between each strawberry. Cover with wax paper and place in freezer. It will take about 15-24 hours for the strawberries to freeze. Once frozen place in a  freezer bag, and then back in your freezer. Another option is to  slice strawberries and mix with sugar, place in freezer and then use as a yogurt or cereal topping! When you are crazing fresh strawberries, place frozen strawberries in your refrigerator to defrost. Use to make pie, just eat, or top with yogurt–and enjoy!

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