Summer, sunshine and fresh berries. Could you ask for much more? When I was growing up my mom would make all kinds of jams and jellies for us, standing over the stove in the heat. I took the lazy way out and made freezer jam earlier this week.
We have local farms that designate certain places to sell their fresh picked berries so we picked some up and brought them home. It was simple and quick to make and the stove was not involved.
The basic recipe is 1 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1 package (1.59 oz) pectin and 4 cups of crushed raspberries. I was just short of 4 cups of the raspberries on my second batch so I improvised with some blueberries. We’ll wait to see how it turns out. Ball has plastic jars made to put in the freezer, a bit pricey but reusable. Once you fill the jars, leaving about 1 inch of space for expansion, let them sit on your counter for approximately 30 minutes. Then pop them into the freezer. The recipe says they’ll last in the freezer for a year, and in the refrigerator for a month.
I already had the cute little labels and tied a couple of jars with bakers twine to give to our neighbors.
I got the recipe from Food.com.
Have you made any jam this summer? What kind?