Five Easy Steps to Make Freezer Jam
In that big, old farmhouse kitchen in Utah, my mother lined out us kids like soldiers around baskets of peaches or pears or tomatoes and boxes of Mason jars. Each child would have a duty, the older ones peeling and cutting and toting and a younger one, maybe putting sugar in jars. By the end of the harvest season, the shelves out in the three-season porch would be stacked with a rainbow of jams and jellies, vegetables, and fruits.
The canning gene never took with me… but I can make freezer jam. It’s easy, the taste of fresh fruit comes through, and there is a satisfaction in putting your own food by. Today, we’ll show you how easy it is and share some recipes with you.
Before the season is over, find some time to make some freezer jam and get the kids involved. It’s a good thing to do.
Strawberry Freezer Jam
Because this is made with berries, it does not need to be cooked—which makes for a super quick and easy jam. The fresh strawberry taste really shows through.
Pear Cherry Freezer Jam
Like peach jam, you can make pear jam without cooking. We tried it both ways and like it better cooked. Because pears are so sweet, we used a lower sugar recipe with less sugar and pectin designed for lower sugar recipes.
Red Plum Freezer Jam
This is a great jam—tart and flavorful. To release the flavor of the fruit and improve consistency, the fruit is cooked. With red plums, this is a very attractive jam.
Peach Pineapple Freezer Jam
You can make peach jam without cooking the peaches but minimal cooking does release the flavor. In this case, we enhanced the flavor with the addition of crushed pineapple.