Sometimes in the kitchen I find I make things for the simple fact that I can. It’s been ages since I’ve even thought of freezer jam, let alone making it, then one day while shopping I came across ‘Freezer Jam Pectin’ from Bernardin. The picture on the packet was a very appetizing bagel with cream cheese & jam (Yum!) which had me partway sold. After putting on my reading glasses I saw four magic words that sealed the deal.
Simply crush, stir & freeze.
Even if especially if you’ve never made jam before, you really should try this! With store shelves buckling from the weight of fresh local berries & fruits, there’s absolutely no reason not to! It’s so very easy to make, takes very little time AND you can use whatever berries/fruit you like. I just happened to have some raspberries, strawberries and blueberries that were frankly, a little past their ‘sell-by’ and could not have imagined a better use for them!
Like a good girl I read the packet instructions before beginning, which is always a smart thing to do. Having only enough fruit for half the recipe, I pulled out my trusty scale and weighted out exactly half. The other half….? Sitting smartly in the cupboard, waiting for the arrival of fresh local peaches.
On the other hand… local strawberries are just gorgeous right now, and at the rate this first fantastic batch is being devoured, I’m going to run out before local peaches even hit the stores – never mind having jam in the freezer for later in the year!
That does it! I’m going to have to pick up more. Pectin. Jars. And sugar.
This tastes so good, and so fresh… you won’t believe it! You’ll want to never buy jam again – even the pricey stuff. Of course when you make anything with produce that’s this fresh and local, it’s gonna taste great. You’ll be putting it on everything from toast, to pancakes & waffles… pretty much anywhere you’d use a fruit/compote/sauce. I even swirled some in my morning yogurt!
*I received no compensation for the mention of the Bernardin Freezer Jam Pectin. I like the product and know this company has been making great pectin/products for years!
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1x 45 gram packet freezer jam pectin
- 4 cups crushed berries (use a mix of strawberries, raspberries & blueberries)
- In a large bowl add the sugar, and mix in the freezer jam pectin.
- Add the crushed fruit to the above and stir for 3 minutes.
- Ladle into jars leaving 1/2 inch head space. Apply lids. Let stand 30 minutes.
- Serve right away, store in fridge for up to 3 weeks, freeze for longer storage.
- Yields: 5x 250 ml jars.