Dear Creatives, Summer is winding down in my house,although the heat isn’t! Sammie for the first time working side by side (prior to her starting school yesterday) with me learned how to pare fruit & helped chop up peaches for freezer jam. I came across a recipe that I had to try that added strawberries. So we did both, luckily we had just enough peaches that our neighbors shared, fresh strawberries & more than enough pectin to make our freezer canning day a success.
Here are some photos & the recipes we used. If you have a chance to try making freezer jam I say do it! Just set aside a couple of hours time & make sure you are prepared. Preparation basics include:
- Know the recipes you are going to use. Have the proper amount of fruit, sugar, pectin & anything else your recipe calls for, like lemons.
- Gather the supplies in advance: fruit, sugar, pectin, jars, lids, your bowls & measuring items & a good paring knife or two if you have help.
- Make sure you have cleaned your work space & sanitized the area, have clean washed hands & pre-washed your jars, lids & any utensils.
It was special to teach Sammie & have her enjoy learning a new skill. Supervision is important the entire time & if you have younger kids having a older sibling, friend or other adult to help is always a good idea. It is something that once you start you need to go through the process to the end to have it come out correctly. This is the first time I tried freezer canning although I was taught how to can by my grandma. The only difference is you don’t process jars in a water bath canner. After pouring into clean jars you let them cool & lid them set the jars in the freezer up to 1 year. If using any right away use within 3 weeks. That wasn’t a problem in our house. The Mr. liked our jam so much he used it for topping on vanilla ice-cream! Good thing we made three batches! (Sammie didn’t handle the hot jam, she took the photos for me when I was. Didn’t she do a good job?)
In one batch I added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon after cooking with pectin, stirring in right before adding to jars. It was so yummy. I have yet to taste how it will be after freezing, but if it was anything like when it was fresh it was amazing!
- 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 1-1/4 cups finely chopped peeled peaches
- 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
- 5 cups sugar
- In a large saucepan, combine the strawberries, peaches and pectin. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Stir in sugar; return to a full rolling boil. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; skim off foam if necessary.
- Pour into jars or freezer containers. Cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Cover and let stand overnight or until set, but not longer than 24 hours. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to 1 year. Yield: about 5 cups.
- Originally published as Strawberry Peach Jam in Country Woman July/August 2005, p43
Recipe credits: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Strawberry-Peach-Jam & Country Living Magazine as stated.
The peach recipe I used was straight from Sure Jell Pectin:
3lb peaches, 1 lemon Peel, pit & finely chop peaches.
4 cups finely chopped peaches
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
5 1/2 cups sugar
Makes 7 cups
Follow directions on pectin box. Exact measured amount of fruit & lemon juice into 8 quart sauce pot. Have ready pre-measured sugar in a bowl (do not add until after pectin has boiled with fruit. Stir in 1 box pectin into fruit & lemon juice. Bring to full rolling boil, stirring constantly until it doesn’t stop bubbling when stirred! *Stir in pre-measured sugar & return to full rolling boil & boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam. Ladle into prepared jars, leaving head space for freezing. Let stand to cool. When cooled add lids & freeze. If canning follow water bath canning instructions on pectin box or from a canning site or recipe.
Doing your homework first, being prepared & following the directions will ensure your success! It is really easy once you freezer can or can you will want to preserve the best of the season for winter.
Have you ever canned? What is your favorite thing to can or freezer can?
Link up your favorite canning or freezer canning recipe or any recipe, crafts, diy post! I’d love to see what your creativity has sparked you to do!