May 2018 Recipe of the Month

Strawberry Jam! The freezer jam recipe we would like to share has been passed down from Grandma Connie to her daughters and daughters-in-law. GoodGrandma buys several flats of strawberries and prepares them to make strawberry jam for the entire year. The strawberries are less expensive this time of year, and they are delicious and flavorful. GoodGrandma cleans the strawberries and then blends them in a blender and puts them in the freezer container to be used as needed when making several new batches of jam. The frozen blended strawberries take up less space than making dozens of bottles of jam.  We usually make 3-4 batches or more at once, because in our families the freezer jam doesn’t last long and if we run out our families start to panic!

Ingredients for one batch

  • 3 1/4 cups prepared strawberries (buy about 2 qt. fully ripe strawberries)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (Not needed in the Sure-Jell recipe
  • 1 box MCP Pectin or Sure-Jell Pectin
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup (Not needed in the Sure-Jell recipe)
  • 4-1/2 cups sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl start with the blended strawberries add in pectin and lemon juice, mix and let sit for 30 min.
  • Add corn syrup and sugar mix well and microwave for 2 min.
  • Stir well again and microwave for another 2 min.  repeat until jam starts to set. Usually 3 times in the microwave.
  • Pour into clean jam bottles and let sit overnight without the lids on but cover with a towel.
  • In the morning its ready to freeze.

A few secrets from Grandma Connie & Grandma Colleen: 

  • If in a pinch and strawberries aren’t in season or are too expensive use frozen berries and a little red food coloring or red Koolaid 😉
  • Use pears if you need just a little more fruit and you are out of strawberries
  • Blend your strawberries for a smooth consistency
  • Use a new large plastic flower pot to mix the ingredients, it’s helpful when making several or LOTS of batches

Sure-Jell Strawberry Jam

MCP Strawberry Jam

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