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Monday, 17 July 2017 10:57

Easy Berry Freezer Jam

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Easy Berry Freezer Jam Easy Berry Freezer Jam Nicole Van Hoey
Do you love berry picking in the summertime? My girls and I do, and, now that they're older, we come home with more berries than I ever expect. Not a bad problem! Deciding what to do with all that fresh goodness in a timely manner can be tricky, though. This summer, I froze my washed and prepped blueberry and sweet cherry stash to use in some baking throughout the month. But, I'm now exploring a new diet without poultry, yeast, or wheat, I'm still feeling drawn to easy comfort foods, like fresh scones with iced tea. Practically speaking, though, spreadables to use on those new rice or rye crackers I'm trying are less stressful to make right now. This week, I decided to adapt the "don't ever change this" Sure-Jell freezer jam recipe to use both types of berries together in one jam. It was so easy that I'm going to start another batch later today! Give it a try and let me know how yours turns out, or what berries you might try instead, on the blog, here at Freedible, or with a photo on Instagram (I'm vh_food there). Happy summer. ;-)

  • Ingredients: 2 cups mashed (between 3 and 4 cups whole) blueberries (I use a potato masher and a large Pyrex measuring cup)
    1 cup chopped pitted sweet cherries (I use the same measuring cup, and I use kitchen shears instead of a knife and block)
    2 tsp lemon juice (I use a bottled version, and it isn't required for these berries but does help the pectin activate; I use it more often when I'm using thawed fruit I picked at least a month earlier)
    5-1/2 cups sugar (don't be alarmed; it comes out to about 2 tsp per serving, which is how much some people use in their tea or coffee anyway)
    1 box Sure-Jell original pectin (not the low-sugar version; currently, original is a yellow box and low-sugar is a pink box)
    3/4 cup water (this mixes with the pectin, and I like to have it ready ahead of time)
  • Instructions: Follow the Sure-Jell directions (and estimated final quantity/container preparation) exactly, but use the different ingredient quantities listed above.

    I like to start with preparing the berries (add them into the large bowl). Then, I set the pectin into the saucepan and measure the water (setting it aside). At this point, I also set my timer for 1 minute so that it's ready to go when I turn it on. Now, I'm ready to add the sugar.

    About 7 minutes into the 10-minute sugar set, I start the water and pectin to high heat.

    As the mixture starts to boil, do not stop stirring! Turn on your timer at the rolling boil stage and don't let it linger long past that 1-minute mark.

    I have rarely stirred the pectin and berry mixtures for 3 full minutes, but it won't hurt to do so.

    Fill the containers as directed.

    Cool all of the filled containers loosely covered on the counter overnight. Then, stack your jars into the freezer for using and gifting all year long, whenever you are missing summer flavors.
  • Serves: at least 5 pint-sized jars
  • Cuisine: American (general)
  • Cooking method: Chill/freeze
  • Special ingredients: no dried fruits, no fresh / raw fruits that don't get cooked by the end of the recipe, no fermented / pickled foods, no seeds, no beans / legumes / pulses, no dried / ground spices, no meat / poultry, no alcohol, no grains
  • Just right for...: Great for kids, Crowds/parties, Comfort food, 5 or fewer ingredients, Picnics, Summer favorites
  • Top 8 allergens?: gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, nut-free, peanut-free
  • Active/prep time: 0-15 minutes
  • Total time (inc active/prep): 15-30 minutes
  • Substitution ideas: I'm going to follow up on my website after trying some different pectin options, so stop back and take another look later this month. Almost any berries can be made into jams, jellies, or other spreads. Blackberries and raspberries combine well in particular. Which have you tried?
  • Serving suggestions: This jam has a sweet, mild taste that pairs well with chocolate desserts (like brownies!) but also spreads well on breads or crackers. Although this recipe is the "full-sugar" Sure-Jell option, a serving has only about 2 tsps of sugar each.
  • Specialty Diets: Vegan, Vegetarian
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