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WE HAVE NEVER HEARD OF FREEZER JAM

From The Bitten Word:

Making freezer jam is delicious and incredibly easy. With traditional jam, you thicken the fruit by cooking it and boiling it down. In making freezer jam, however, you use pectin to thicken. And since you don't cook the fruit, the jam tastes intensely like the fresh fruit itself.

We've made it ourselves twice now, once with blueberries last summer, when they were at their cheapest and most abundant. And we just made it this summer, with strawberries we hand-picked from our CSA farm.

This is a great way to make use of fruits in season -- and it's a really economical option, too. By purchasing seasonal fruits, you're getting them when they're most affordable (and when they taste the best!) and then preserving them to enjoy throughout the year.

And you don't need any special equipment. We have some Bell jars that we used for our jam, but we also saved salsa and sauce jars and filled them all with jam.

The result is jam that tastes deliciously sweet and impossibly fresh. It's like bottled summer!

FREEZER JAM

Here's the basic ratio for freezer jam, which is printed on the box of Sure Jell pectin -- the recipe our friend Wendy swears by:

-- 2 cups mashed fruit
-- 4 cups sugar
-- 1 pouch pectin
-- 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Recipe:

-- Clean the fruit and mash it.
-- Add the sugar and stir. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
-- In small bowl, stir the pectin into the lemon juice.
-- Stir pectin mix into berries and stir constantly until sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy, about 3 minutes.
-- Pour into sterilized containers, leaving 1/2 inch head room for expansion during freezing.
-- Let stand at room temp 24 hours until set.

It will last up to three weeks in the refrigerator or up to a year in the freezer.

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