Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Strawberry Freezer Jam!

Local fresh juicy sweet Strawberries!
"Timing is everything!"  How often have we all heard or used that expression?  It's been so true these past few days for me.  My year's supply of local, fresh, juicy, sweet strawberries had not been purchased, so they were not yet cleaned/ prepped for our freezer.  June was leaving & it was getting late in the strawberry season, here.  Sunday was designated "Strawberry Day".  The short drive to Meadowbrook Farm in East Longmeadow was made.  That afternoon bags of cleaned sliced strawberries were placed in our freezer.

Yesterday was "Strawberry Freezer Jam" day!  The Certo, sugar & 1 cup Freezer containers had already been purchased.  A little mass production was going on in my kitchen to prep those 3 batches of Freezer Jam.  Henry Ford would have been impressed!  Today those 3 batches of jam will be placed on the top shelf of our large freezer - each batch at a different time. 

***At a different time, because for best results, each batch is prepared separately.

The cleaned utensils, containers & strawberries were ready!  The directions for Freezer Jam is located in the Certo package.  I also read over my own helpful hints (click here) before starting.

Now, I usually make 2 batches of this variety of jam, but this spring, suddenly there were none left of any variety.  Commercially prepared jam/ preserves/ jellies are o.k.  I'd much rather spend the time during the summer making jam when our local fresh fruits are ripe & prepare my own that tastes so yummy!  It is so much more tasty than just o.k.

The Strawberry Freezer Jam is now sitting on our dining room table "doing its thing" for 24 hours.  After the 24 hour time period, the containers will be placed in the freezer.  (The foil covered custard cup of jam will find a home in our fridge.)  The last batch will be placed in our freezer at 4:30 PM. 
Strawberry Freezer Jam
I will definitely need a "place the Strawberry Jam in the freezer" break while watching our USA Soccer team!  Timing is everything!


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