Homemade freezer jam keeps flavor

May 22, 1991

...C If you can boil water, you can make your own strawberry jam. And you won't need any speciaL equipment to do it.

Any container with a tight lid that is safe for the freezer can be used for Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam, a recipe developed by Kraft General Foods.

Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam

2 cups mashed strawberries (about 1 quart)

4 cups sugar

One 1 3/4 -ounce box powdered fruit pectin

3/4 cup water

Wash and stem the strawberries; mash with a potato masher. Combine the two cups mashed strawberries and four cups sugar, mixing thoroughly. Be sure to measure the sugar exactly, or the jam will not set properly. Set the strawberry-sugar mixture aside.

In a saucepan, combine fruit pectin with three-quarters cup water. Bring to a boil; boil one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Combine strawberry-sugar mixture with pectin mixture. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy. Pour into clean, dry freezer-safe containers, filling to within one-half-inch of tops. Cover at once with tight lids. Let stand at room temperature overnight. Store in freezer until opened; then store in refrigerator. Makes four eight-ounce containers.

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