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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fresh Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Jam

Strawberries are in season! I wanted to make some jam to save the taste.  I love the no cook fresh frozen jams and jellies. This is a recipe I created on Monday.  It tasts like Strawberri Lemonade!

4 Cups of crushed strawberries
5 - 7 cups of sugar
1 Lemon - juice and zest
1 1/2 cup of cold water
2 packages of pectin - Sure Jell  or other brand.

Clean your strawberries and then process either in a food processor or mash with a potato masher.  Measure and place in a large bowl.  Add the lemon juice and zest and then the sugar.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  (NOTE - you can the lesser amount of sugar but the jam will not set as well.)  Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes.

Pour the water into a sauce pan and add the pectin.  Stir until dissolved.  Make sure that berries are done and have set at least 10 minutes BEFORE you start this step.  Cook the mixture over medium heat until it comes to a boil and then boil for one minute.  After one minute turn off the heat and stir into the fruit.  Keep stirring until the all the pectin is in and the sugar is no longer grainy. 

Put in clean jars or container and cover.  Let it sit on the counter at room temp for 24 hours and then freeze. It is ready to eat.