Strawberry Freezer Jam

This super easy strawberry freezer jam is the perfect way to use up all those sweet summer strawberries. It’s great on toast or poured on ice cream. 

Strawberry Freezer Jam by Nutmeg Nanny

First and foremost, welcome to the new and improved Nutmeg Nanny! I’m so excited to finally launch this sucker. There are still a few tweaks that need to be done but for the most part, we’re up and running! You will notice a fancy new visual recipe search function (feature images are being set!) and a more clean and organized homepage. I really hope you like the new site. Make sure to leave feedback! Oh and a giant THANK YOU to my website designer Lindsay from Purr Design. You might also know her from her awesome blog, Love & Olive Oil. Thank you so much for answering my millions of questions and putting together the site of my dreams! You’re the best!

Now, onto the jam! Strawberry season is upon us! Sweet delicious strawberries are ripe for the picking and ready to be turned into jam! Last year I made a delicious strawberry vanilla jam, but this year I wanted to make my grandma’s famous freezer jam. Back in May, my grandmother passed away and I wanted to feel like I was with her again. If you knew my grandmother you knew about her freezer jam. She would give it away to almost anyone who wanted a jar. I love slathering it on toast, eating it with croissants and even mixing it into vanilla ice cream.

Strawberry Freezer Jam by Nutmeg Nanny

I was upset when I realized I never took the time to ask my grandma for her recipe. I called my mom and luckily she knew the recipe. Although, I had to laugh when I found out my grandmas “secret” recipe. It is the recipe on the side of the Sure-Jell Pectin box…haha. I made up a batch and sure enough, it tasted almost like my grandma’s jam. I think no matter what I do it will never taste exactly like hers. Grandmas have a special way of making everything taste better. You know?

Strawberry Freezer Jam by Nutmeg Nanny

{Looking for even more delicious jam, jelly and fruit butter recipes? Try my Vanilla Honey Peach ButterCarrot Cake Jam or my Spiced Plum Butter}

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Strawberry Freezer Jam

This super easy strawberry freezer jam is the perfect way to use up all those sweet summer strawberries. It's great on toast or poured on ice cream.

Yield: 5 cups freezer jam

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups crushed strawberries
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 (1.75 ounce) box SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin
  • 5 (1 cup) plastic containers with lids

Source: Sure-Jell

Directions:

Wash 5 (1-cup) plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly and set aside.

Stem and crush strawberries thoroughly. You can also chop berries in a food processor if desired. Make sure to leave them chunky. Measure exactly 2 cups of strawberries into large bowl. Stir in sugar. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix water and pectin in small saucepan. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring for 1 minute. Add to fruit mixture and stir for 3 minutes or until sugar is almost dissolved. (A few sugar crystals may remain.)

Fill containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers and immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.

*If you have never had freezer jam before it will be a little looser than traditional jam. It will also be a little sweeter. Do not try to cut down on the sugar in the recipe or the jam may not set up correctly.

VARIATIONS:
Strawberry vanilla bean freezer jam: after the jam has been made stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste and fill containers as instructed.

Strawberry jalapeno freezer jam: after the jam has been made stir in 1/2 cup finely minced fresh jalapeno and fill containers as instructed.

Strawberry basil freezer jam: after the jam has been made stir in 1/4 cup minced basil and fill containers as instructed.

Strawberry lime freezer jam: after the jam has been made stir in 1 tablespoon fresh lime zest and fill containers as instructed.

This super easy strawberry freezer jam is the perfect way to use up all those sweet summer strawberries. It's great on toast or poured on ice cream.

26 Responses to “Strawberry Freezer Jam”

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    hungryandfrozen — June 13, 2012 at 3:38 am

    What a gorgeous new site! It looks just beautiful.

    As do those strawberries! Gonna have to wait a few months for them to come into season here, but will be remembering this if I find a ton of them for cheap.

    Sorry to hear about your grandmother – I love connecting with my late grandmother through her cookbooks and recipes.

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    Kathryn — June 13, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I love the new site! It’s so sleek and sophisticated and just perfect!

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    Rachel Cooks — June 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Site looks amazing, Brandy! My mom makes the same freezer jam and I could literally eat it by the spoonful. I love it on yogurt.

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — June 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Loving the new design!! And I’m glad to see a post from you in my reader again–I’ve missed your updates. 🙂 This jam looks heavenly!

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    Cassie — June 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I am in love with your design Brandy. Simply elegant. And this jam – I want some now!!

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Your site looks fantastic! What a wonderful design. And the freezer jam…I must make some this summer.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — June 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Love the new site!! It is so pretty! And I had to laugh that your grandma’s recipe was straight off the box. 🙂 It looks great!

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    {lori} — June 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    absolutely gorgeous site!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful design Brandy! 🙂 It’s so fresh and clean. Love it. I’m glad you were able to find the recipe – it’ll always still be your Grandmother’s recipe even if it’s on a box somewhere 😉

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    Joanne — June 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Love love love the new site! Utterly gorgeous!!! ANd this freezer jam…oh I want. Badly.,

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    Samantha — June 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I love you. I love the site. I love Lindsay. I love freezer jam. I love your grandma and I love me some strange. ;D

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    Windy — June 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Love the new look! Definitely going to give this jam a try now that strawberries are so plentiful. It sounds delish and more importantly, super easy. 🙂

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    Michelle Jaffee — June 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Looks great! GREAT!!

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    Noelle (@singerinkitchen) — June 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

    What a beautiful and elegant design!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Love the new design, Lindsay does such a fantastic job. Also love the freezer jam, I think my Grandma uses that secret recipe too. Reminds me of the Nestle Toll House episode of Friends.

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    Deborah — June 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I love the new look!! And this jam sounds perfect. My dream is to have a big freezer so I can pack it full of freezer jam!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — June 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I absolutely love the new look! It’s simple and perfect!

    My husband loves that strawberry freezer jam recipe. I need to make him some before strawberry season is over!

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    Amanda @ The Challah Blog — June 15, 2012 at 11:07 am

    That looks great and like a nice 1st step for those of us here {me} who are totally afraid of canning! When you freeze the jam for storage, what sort of containers do you use? Plastic like GladWare or something more substantial?

    • Brandy replied: — June 15th, 2012 @ 11:40 am

      I used Ball Freezer plastic jars. They have an 8 ounce jar that works perfect. I hope you give the jam a try…it’s soooooo good!

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    Megan's Cookin' — June 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    It looks wonderful! So warm and welcoming. I need to make a batch of this jam!

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    Julia — June 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Your new design if gorgeous! Lindsay did a great job!
    Um, and the jam looks super yum, sandwiched in bread with pb, perfection!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — June 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Your site looks lovely… And, so does this strawberry freezer jam. Yum! 🙂

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    Christian — July 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    What a lovely site with stunning, delicious photography! I am new to your blog; but, I enjoy your writing, especially because I am also from OH but now live near you in NYC (and love visiting the Hudson Valley). This post was endearing as both my grandmas were also amazing, loving women and cooks too; so, I can appreciate the sentiment that went into such a charming jam recipe. Quick question though, is there a more health-conscious substitute you could recommend for the sugar in this recipe? Perhaps, grape juice, honey, agave nectar or something? I prefer to avoid plain white sugar when possible. Otherwise, this looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing, and best wishes in all your cooking, wedding and blogging endeavors!

    • Brandy replied: — July 6th, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

      Hi Christian! Hooray for another Ohio native 🙂 Because the jam is a no-cook/freezer jam you need to use the sugar to help set the pectin in the jam. If you use too little sugar it will be really thin. I made a strawberry jam last year (https://www.nutmegnanny.com/2011/07/13/vanilla-strawberry-jam/) that does use a little less sugar. It’s a cooked recipe that can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of months. I think it would be an easier recipe to adapted with less sugar. Hope you enjoy the jam!

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    Christian — July 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks so much for your helpful and prompt reply, much appreciated. I’ll definitely try them both out. Thank you!

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