I've been finding it hard to keep up with the strawberries in our garden this last week! I guess that's not a bad problem to have, but with so many strawberries I've been looking for good ways to use them all. So I attempted for the first time to make freezer jam.
I cleaned about 6 or 7 cups of strawberries and let Rebecca smash them with the potato smasher - she had fun! I had to do a little math to figure out exactly how many cups of sugar and pectin I should use with the amount of berries I had. After I mixed the berries, sugar, and pectin, I let it set for 30 minutes like the directions said. I didn't think the jam was setting up very well (my berries were VERY juicy) so I added an extra table spoon of pectin to each jar. Then after another 30 minutes the jam seemed to be a little more set.
The taste of the jam is great! It tastes like strawberry puree, which is fine by me. I'm not going to post the recipe because I really didn't follow one very closely. I just followed (roughly) the directions on the fruit pectin container, which called for berries, sugar, and pectin - easy!. Here are the containers I froze.
What is your favorite thing to do with fresh strawberries? I'm going to have a lot more in the next few days!