Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Easy Berry Freezer Jam & the Homemaking Party

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Today for my Homemaking Party, I want to share my super easy method of making berry freezer jam.  I know this is not the only way to make jam---it might not be the easiest, and it's likely not the healthiest, but it's a great beginner method for those who just want some fresh strawberry jam in their freezer this year!

 You can use any berries for this method.  I'm using strawberries---or "baw-shoos", as my toddler self called them.

Crush the washed and hulled berries with a potato masher or some other smushing tool.  I like the Pampered Chef Mix 'N Chop for this job.  Just don't chop them if you're using strawberries.  I'd read this somewhere before but thought I'd give it a shot just to see if it was true.  It's true.  If you chop the strawberries, they won't release enough juice and your jam won't thicken.

So, after you've crushed the strawberries, measure how much you have and then dump them into a large stock pot.  Mine is 16 qt.  You'll need one fairly bigger than the amount of jam you're making because it will foam up as it boils.  Then measure the same amount of sugar into the pot.  So, today I had 9 cups of crushed strawberries so I added 9 cups of sugar.
Turn the burner up to medium-high and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Let the mixture boil, stirring occasionally, until the jam sheets off the spoon (as opposed to dripping off).  By the way, they make long-handled wooden spoons for use in large stock pots.  Get one---so you don't burn your hand off.

Pour into a glass or plastic container that has a tight-fitting lid, but let the jam cool in the container before covering.  I use all kinds of different containers for this---they don't have to be specifically made for jam.  You can store glass jars in the freezer---just make sure you cool them all the way first. Store the cooled jam in your freezer for as long as it lasts, or in your fridge for up to 30 days.

Thanks so much to Mel from Mama Buzz for featuring this recipe!

I hope you'll join me for this week's Homemaking Linkup.  I love to feature some of the neat posts that are linked up so please make sure and put my button or a text link on your blog so you'll be eligible to be featured!

Here are a few of my favorites from last week's party:

Gloria made this very awesome-looking Pulled Pork Philly---doesn't it look delicious?  Being from the PNW, I didn't really know what a Philly was---but I knew I wanted to eat it! Ha! This is going on the menu next week for sure!  Gloria's got lots of great recipes at Simply Gloria.
Meghan at First Comes Love shared a day out with her kids, shopping for homeschooling materials.  I love seeing moms encouraging their daughters in modest and feminine dress.  What a great day for her family!

JES from Strangers and Pilgrims on the Earth has been a blessing to me since I first discovered her blog a couple years ago.  This week she talked about the benefits of a homemaker who rises early.  While, at this point in life, I'm not able to have the exact experience she describes here, I was very encouraged to do what I can with where I'm at.

Thanks to everyone for the great posts!

Now for the linkup.  Please remember to return the favor by adding my button or a text link to your post.  Have a great weekend!


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  1. Thank you for hosting this. I am so excited to share my new series on teaching your children to sew in the form of a Summer Sewing Camp.

  2. Thank you, Sarah, for the linkup! I have your blog on my linky list, which I link to from my posts. I hope this is okay. :)

  3. Wowww I love Strawberry Jam - I should really try this recipe. Thanks for sharing this and thanks for the party :)

  4. I think I can handle that. Thanks for the directions.....Christine

  5. Love strawberry jam. And I found out once before that crushing vs chopping works out better!

    Thanks for the lovely party.

  6. Wow, what nice words! Thank you so much for the encouragement and the feature! Have a wonderful week! And that jam looks delicious!!!

  7. I made freezer jam last year with farmers market strawberries at the pick of the season. Yours looks like it turned out great! Thanks for hosting the party! Visiting from DearCreatives.com

  8. A superb party once again! We really appreciate all your hard work…. :)

    hugs x
    Crystelle Boutique

  9. I love home made jam! Thank you for the lovely and fun party, my friend. Big hugs,

  10. Thanks for hosting - you always have such fabulous ideas!

    Have a beautiful weekend and be sure to join us for Friendship Friday (opening later today!)

    Create With Joy

  11. Thanks for hosting your lovely party :) Those strawberries look divine! Have a wonderful day.


  12. I really need a freezer! Yet, another way to save money, and know what's in our food. This looks simple enough for even ME! :)

  13. Sarah,I am new to your party but have been following you it seems for awhile.Thank you so much for the fun.What a lovely family you have.They are blessed with such a sweet Mom whose a wonderful homemaker. Denise from Coffeeberry Cottage

  14. Sarah,I am new to your party but have been following you it seems for awhile.Thank you so much for the fun.What a lovely family you have.They are blessed with such a sweet Mom whose a wonderful homemaker. Denise from Coffeeberry Cottage

  15. That looks easy enough that I could really make it!! Used to I would freeze strawberries and they'd only be good a short time before the freezer did a frosty number on them and the taste would be nasty, but made into jams, now that would last!!
    Awesome idea! Love those sweet girls and the modest dress comment. I too agree!!

  16. Sarah, you are one amazing lady. You take care of your wonderful family and still find time to cook or make jelly.I love anything homemade, especially jellies and jams. I grew on it and store made is just not the same. Trust the little one is feeling better.

  17. Thanks for hosting, and thank you for inviting me :) Have a wonderful week, Lisa

  18. Nice Baw-Shoos. Thanks for the tips!!

  19. Hello Sarah, I am so excited to make strawberry jam this year - I hope to be able to get my girls together to do it! I do appreciate you hosting,

  20. Sarah, I only make freezer jam anymore. Love how easy it is. Oh how yummy that Pork Philly looks. Thanks for the party.

  21. Thanks so much for hosting! Hope you're having a great week!

  22. Looks yummy!!! My hubby would LOVE this!

  23. Thank you for the recipe Sarah. I haven't made strawberry jam the last couple of years but this one is so easy that I'm going to try it. Thanks for sharing at my HOME and have a lovely weekend.


  24. Mmmm, I love homemade strawberry freezer jam; it's the best. Definitely ready for strawberry season, so I can make a big batch. Thank you for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday! Featuring you in next week's issue.:)


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