I'm becoming "known" for my freezer jam - ha! It really is good, but there is no secret recipe and it's so easy that I have to chuckle. We have a plethora of raspberries and blackberries that grow in our backyard so this is how I use them. Now, I know what you are thinking - it's April, no one has berries this time of year! Well, I still have a freezer FULL of berries picked from last summer just waiting to be made into jam. I usually make about 5-6 batches at a time throughout the year and this go around was no different.
Here's how I do jam!
I thaw my berries that were previously frozen in gallon ziplock bags...
Then I buy a few boxes of this stuff (located in the canning aisle at most grocery stores):
The box contains my recipe (one box produces one batch)...you see, no secret at all!
I like to puree my berries in the blender - just a preference. It will make the jam more firm with no chunks but smash your berries how you prefer!
Add the amount of recommended sugar:
Mix up the pectin:
It starts out lumpy:
But nice and smooth once it's been boiled:
Put everything together:
And you get some beautiful jars of jam!
For the blackberries, I add in one extra step - I run the pureed berries through a sieve to remove some of the seeds (this step is a pain, you really have to press it through!). The seeds tend to be really big so I remove at least half of them.
And there you have it! I made 5 batches of jam in about an hour.