Freezer Jam

Those of you that know how I cook know that I use only fresh, whole, natural foods.  So, when I use pectin I'm using a natural product--although commercially prepared today--that's been used for centuries to thicken liquids.

As a baker, I really enjoy fresh, wholesome jams and jellies on my fresh, warm, newly baked, butter-slathered sourdough bread.  What follows is a recipe for an easy to make "Freezer Jam" made with strawberries (although most any fruit can be used).

Since the fruit is not cooked, freezer jam has a more fresh, just-picked flavor.  As an added bonus, freezer jam is both quicker and easier to make than cooked jams.  The entire process should take no more than an hour...unless you are having too much fun fooling and kibitzing around as we so often do.



  1. Wash and hull the strawberries, halving or quartering very large ones, and toss into a large Zip-lock bag.  Crush them by hand through the bag.  You should end up with about a quart of crushed berries.  Dump the crushed fruit back into a working bowl.
  2. Stir the sugar into the fruit.
  3. Stir the pectin into 1-1/2 cups of hot water in a pan on the stove.  Bring the water to a gentle boil being certain to stir constantly.  Boil for about 1-2 minutes or so.
  4. Stir the hot pectin mixture into the fruit mixture until the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Pour into clean containers being certain to leave at least a 1/2 inch or so of room for expansion at the top.
  6. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours to set.

After the jam has set, store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks or the freezer for up to one year.

Some hints to help guide you to perfect results: