Have you always wanted to make your own jam? Have you been afraid to use pressure canning to preserve foods (I know I am)? Have you wanted to make your own jam but didn’t want to spend a fortune purchasing a pressure canner and all the accessories? Say hello to freezer jam! Make your own favorite jam recipes and experiment with new combinations. Store in the freezer until you are ready to use and then keep in the fridge. Yummy! Below are some tips for making freezer jam along with a list of my favorites.
What do you need?
**Freezer safe glass jars or plastic jars with tight-fitting lids**
Fruit: use fruit that is in season and at its peak of freshness. You won’t be cooking the fruit so it’s important to use ripe fruits. Trust me, you’ll know if the fruit isn’t quite right with freezer jam.
Pectin: 1 packet plus 3/4 c. water.
How to make freezer jam
- Prep the fruit: wash all fruit, remove stems, pits, cores, etc and mash the fruit in a bowl with a potato masher or toss in your food processor.
- Add the sugar to the fruit and fold to mix. Let this sit for 10 minutes.
- Add 1 packet of pectin to 3/4 c. boiling water. Whisk the pectin until dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Add pectin-water mixture to the sugar fruit mixture and stir to mix. Let the jam thicken and spoon/scoop/ladle into your freezer safe jars.
- Freezer jam is good in the freezer for up to 1 year (so, put a date on those jars please) or in the fridge for 3 weeks.
- Wash and thoroughly dry all jars and lids before use.
- Follow the steps above in order. Pectin will not dissolve in water that is not boiling. Also, let the fruit and sugar mingle a bit.
- Freezer jam will not be as firm as cooked and canned jam. Just FYI…
- Use smaller jars. The jam only last for 3 weeks in the fridge, so smaller amounts will be more likely to get used and not go to waste.
Raspberry-Peach Freezer Jam: I love love love raspberries. This is summer in a jar people!
Clementine Jam: If you’re a citrus lover, this jam is for you AND is pectin-free!
Blood Orange Jam: I love blood oranges. I would have no trouble sitting down with a spoon and a jar of this jam and just eating it on its own. Hey, wasn’t there a Friends episode about Monica and her jam plan?
Blueberry Jam: My daughter eats blueberries by the pint and if I let her, she would eat this by the jar without hesitation. This link takes you to a printable recipe too, so an added bonus.
Piña Colada Jam: “I ordered a Mai Tai but they brought me a pina colada.”-Office Space. I have watched way too much TV I think. Every time I read piña colada, I have to read it in Milton’s voice from Office Space. In other news, if you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain….this jam might be just what you need in your freezer.
Need more ideas for freezer jam? Check out this list of 17 Freezer Jams. I’m looking forward to trying the jams with peppers added. I love the sweet and spicy combo.
Have you tried any of these recipes? Do you have a favorite freezer jam recipe that I haven’t listed here? Let me know and share the recipes. I love trying new recipes.
-The Nerdy Cajun Chef