Monday, June 8, 2009

I made Jam! - No Cook Freezer Jam That Is.

When I went to buy jars for jam, I found this little packet of fun.  Ball Freezer Jell - No Cooking.  I bought it, thinking I'll check some reviews on the internet and maybe try it.  The reviews were good, so today, I washed up my strawberries and had at it.

Here are the instructions:

NO-COOK Freezer Jam

1. Measure 1 1/2 cups of sugar into a bowl. ADD contents of 1 pouch of Ball Fruit Jell Freezer Jam Pectin, stirring to evenly blend.

2. CRUSH fruit. ADD 4 cups crushed fruit to pectin mixture (for peaches and apricots, reduce measure to 3 1/2 cups). STIR 3 minutes.

3. LADLE freezer jam into clean freezer jars leaving 1/2 -inch headspace; apply lids. Let stand until thickened (about 30 minutes). SERVE immediately, REFRIGERATE up to three weeks or FREEZE up to 1 year.

Yield: 5 8-ounce jars 

I washed a quart of strawberries, thinking that would be enough.  
The instructions call for 4 cups of crushed fruit.  I didn't have enough
I used almost 2 quarts plus some from the freezer.

My nice clean pint jars (8oz).

Here is the packet.

And, my finished product.

The jam is sweet and a bit too chunky.  I should have pulsed the berries in the food processor.  I used a pastry blender (I don't have a potato masher) and it didn't quite cut it - literally.  I kept on jar in the fridge and froze the other 5.   I will buy more strawberries this week at the market and try cooking my jam and maybe processing it.  This sounds scary, but I have to try it!

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Good job. It looks delicious!