Dessert | September 6, 2017

Homemade Jam

I grew up on homemade jam. Freezer jam, canned jam. Strawberry, raspberry, apricot, peach. It was a wonderful part of my childhood and one I couldn’t let my kids not experience also. Making homemade jam is one of my favorite things to do for them. I also love doing it because its so much better for my kids. I know EXACTLY whats going into their little growing bodies. It’s not full of processed or preservatives. Freezer jam consists of 3 things. Fresh fruit, sugar (a preservative) and pectin (thickener and preservative).

A pile of strawberries on a plate to make homemade jam
It’s the best when you find a ton of strawberries dirt cheap. It’s important to grab berries when they’re inexpensive. When you find them in season at a good price grab a TON.
two hands holding peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made with homemade jam
Recently I did a Facebook live, which you can find here. I demoed exactly how i made it and showed you my little handy tricks. There is a video down below showing you how easy it is to make freezer jam. Here are a few other things you’ll need:

  1. Pairing knife
  2. Ball Jar’s or Weck Jar’s
  3. If you are using Ball Glass Jar’s these plastic lids are LIFE CHANGING. they don’t get all junked up like the metal ones. (you can also buy a pack of them at walmart for around $2 in the canning isle)
  4. Pectin
  5. Blender or Food processor
  6. Plastic Funnel

fresh berries in a bowl

How to make freezer Jam

Freezer Jam take minutes to make. I’m telling you MINUTES.  You’ll want to wash and sliced your berries. Then blend to the desired consistency. (if you like it a little chunky just pulse, if you like it smooth blend!) There is enough liquid in the berried that you don’t even have to add any water! Especially when you’re using a great blender like this blendtec. It’s my very favorite and we use it daily on several things!

fresh berries in a blender to make homemade jam
Next, in a very large bowl you will mix sugar and pectin then stir in the pureed strawberries. And from there you’re pretty much done. Seriously.
Homemade Jam in 6 glass jam jars
Ladle them in a jars or airtight containers. Spread homemade on pbj’s, over ice cream, with nutella…or …ya know…eat it by the spoonful. Take a Jar to your friend with maybe some homemade french bread. You’ll make a lot of friends doing that :)
A stack of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with fresh jam
I’ll say the VERY best is homemade jam with these dinner rolls. Every sunday and thanksgiving this is what we eat and its the best comfort food in the world.
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with fresh jam dipping down the sides

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A stack of homemade jam and peanut butter sandwiches
Homemade Jam
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Homemade Jam is easy, organic,done in minutes! It's a happy healthier option for families! Try this recipe and you'll never go back to store-bought!
Course: condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade jam
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 63 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • Fresh Berries when on sale
  • Instant Pectin
  • Sugar
  • for each batch you will need
  • 2 cups fresh pureed fruit
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 TBS instant pectin
Instructions
  1. Puree fruit in blender to desired consistency
  2. In separate bowl mix sugar and pectin
  3. Add puree fruit to dry ingredients. Stir for 2 minutes.
  4. Ladle jam into jars and let sit for 30 minutes.
  5. Freeze. When using a jar keep refrigerated.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Jam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 63
% Daily Value*
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 13g
Vitamin A 1.9%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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  1. I just made some to serve with aebleskivers at a church gathering tonight. My grandma always served them with strawberry freezer jam, so I can’t wait to have some! Thanks for the recipe. I didn’t know it was so easy.