Strawberries were on sale today, which made me happy. I've been wanting to make freezer jam but had not been able to find the instant pectin. When I finally found it at Target, the strawberries were not on sale any longer. I took the chance and waited to see if they would go back on sale, they did.
I made five pints tonight, still have enough berries to make another 10 pints tomorrow - after I make a trip to the store and get more sugar. This is so easy to make, it is no big deal to make up the rest tomorrow.
Freezer jam is so much better than cooked, in my opinion. I like the way it taste like fresh strawberries. Freezer jam is also much easier to make than the cooked.
I used the recipe that came with the Ball Instant Pectin:
1 2/3 cup prepared fruit (washed, hulled and mashed. )
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbls. instant pectin
1 tbls. bottled lemon juice if using peaches (I don't know why you could not use juice from a lemon, but it does specify "bottled".
Mix sugar and pectin together, stir in prepared fruit and stir for three minutes. Pour into sterilized jars. Let set 30 minutes before putting in freezer.
Note: leave 1/2" space at top of jar to allow for expansion.
This stuff is good on just about anything. So yummy on angel food cake and ice cream.