Every year we make a bunch of strawberry freezer jam to fill our big freezer to last us until next strawberry season. We have now realized the kids will no longer eat store bought jam anymore. I can’t blame them since homemade jam tastes SOOO much better. Plus it doesn’t have any preservatives, dyes, and is all organic!!
The first couple of years we made normal freezer jam, following all the regular freezer strawberry jam recipes are made.
Last year was the first year we decided to only add 1/2 the amount of sugar to the recipe. The original recipe calls for 16 cups of sugar for 4 quarts of strawberries. With us getting off of sugar it is really a “splurge” to use the jam anyway, but we needed to add less sugar to make it not so terrible. The jam turned out a little thinner than the original recipe but it worked out just fine.
So I have updated our old post for regular easy strawberry freezer jam showing the adaptions with less sugar we have made now. Since I know it worked and wasn’t a big fail by cutting the sugar in 1/2.
Strawberry Picking 56 Quarts of Strawberries
Every time the boys found a big strawberry they had to show it to me, of course!
Eating the strawberries that the tops fall off of is the best, of course!
After about an hour and a half, the little boys get bored, and full lol. So they enjoy exploring the woods nearby and play.
Beautiful Strawberries For Freezer Jam
Aren’t they just so beautiful!?
This year we purchased 7 flats of strawberries.? It was less than $100 for them all. An amazing deal really!
Freezer Strawberry Jam Assembly Line
After we get back from picking strawberries we start the “strawberry assembly line.” A couple of the kid’s hull all the strawberries for me, and I work in the kitchen taking the strawberries making them into jam. We are all ready to be done by the time we are finished.
We do save a few quarts of strawberries every year to make delicious strawberry? recipes.
Last years “assembly line.”
This is a look at how trashed the kitchen table was by the time the boys were done. That is 50 quarts of strawberry tops and a few rotten ones too. The kitchen was even more trashed.
TONS of Low Sugar Strawberry Freezer Jam
In the end, we had 35 quarts of strawberry freezer jam, which will surely be enough to last us for a year. We will probably even give some to friends and family for Christmas this year.
I will say that this jam is a little more on the thinner side especially since we now add 1/2 the amount of sugar than the recipe called for. If you want a thick jam you would be best looking for another recipe or adding in the original 16 cups of sugar. This is the recipe that is most loved in our house and the one we will continue to make every year.
Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam
- 4 Quarts of strawberries
- 8 Cups of sugar
- 1 ~ 5.4 oz container of freezer pectin
- Food Processor or potato masher
- 3 Cups warm water
- Hull strawberries then rinse (don't soak them or they will absorb the water)
- Smash strawberries using potato masher or food processor for a smoother jam, stir sugar into the strawberries and let sit while you get your pectin boiling.
- Bring your water and fruit pectin to a boil while stirring constantly, boil for about 2 minutes.
- Pour the pectin into the strawberries and stir until the sugar is disolved.
- Pour into clean glass containers or plastic making sure to leave 1/2 inch headroom for expansion.
- Leave the jam to sit out at room temperature for 24 hours to set.
- After your jam has set out for 24 hours put in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or the freezer for up to a year.
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