What was I thinking?
I was sorta thinking.
And you know how it usually goes?….if you’re making 5 you might as well make 65?
And a 2 hour project turns into a 2am project.
But you know what? I love it!
Making jam is really fun.
And there’s nothing prettier on a white kitchen counter than colorful fruit.
So, you want some Strawberry Freezer Jam??
If I could send you a jar, I totally would! Because I uh, have a few to spare.
Of course it’s soooo easy to make. So STOP, right now. Go to the store. Buy a few ingredients and make it this evening!
You will laugh at the simplicity!
If you’ve never made jam before, I shared a Recipe Tutorial for it last summer.
And since we finally used the last jar….making 65 new jars seemed like the perfect way to christen the new kitchen.
The great thing about making Freezer Jam is it doesn’t require all the boiling, sterilization, and other steps that true canning requires. The steps are minimal, the cost is minimal, and just one of those 2-pound strawberry containers above will fill 5-6 pint jars (below).
Then you just cut, chop (or smash), mix, and mix, and pour.
Btw, I love having a single-tub sink. We had one in the last house as well and I will never, never go back to 2 tubs. You can fit everything in there, including a large cookie sheet when it needs to soak.
But back to jamming.
Just follow the recipe on your pectin box or check out my details here.
Then watch it all transform from yummy, into extra yummy.
And if you want it to last all year, just go ahead and pick up 6 boxes of pectin.
Then you can make all this!…..
Of course it’s best to consider how much freezer space you have, or you might be (cough) giving your husband that sheepish smile when you try to actually store (shove) 65 jam jars in there with the frozen peas and chicken nuggets.
We might need to buy another freezer, to hold my inexpensive hobby.
Cause that totally makes sense.
The good news is, I have plenty of jam to give to friends and neighbors!
It’s wonderful to have little gifts on-hand.
And it’s also wonderful to carefully see how many different ways you can stack 65 jars.
I set them on the table to take a picture and Lucy thought it was a fantastic game. She carefully stacked and restacked, made a castle, created an army of jam soldiers, and then brought out the Perler Bead people to live in the strawberry castle.
Whether it’s a rock or a jar of jam, I love how kids find a way to pretend play.
Stop reading and get jamming!