When strawberries come into season, it doesn’t seem to last long. Sure, you can get fresh strawberries at the grocery store all year round, but when they are not local, and in season, they can taste “off”.
That bland flavor isn’t very appealing to many, right?
Taking advantage of the May through June strawberry season is important when you want to get the freshest, ripest, best tasting berries you can. It’s really the only way you can fully enjoy their sweet, juicy, flavor.
Strawberries have so many health benefits. They are loaded with Vitamin C, anti-oxidants, and are very low on the glycemic index.
The fiber and potassium are also great for overall heart health. All of this, with only 49 calories, 8.7 net carbs in one cup!
Is it any wonder that strawberries are a very popular fruit?
There are a few ways that you can preserve strawberries to enjoy them for later:
To make this simple freezer jam recipe:
- Begin with 2 quarts of fresh strawberries. This will make approximately 4 cups crushed berries.
- Gently mash the strawberries with a fork or potato masher. Using a blender or food processor also works really well and is much faster.
- In a separate large bowl, mix together 2/3 cup sugar and 2 Tablespoons pectin very well.
- Add in the crushed strawberries and mix together for 3 full minutes, stirring constantly.
- Carefully pour into clean pint jars. I like the ball freezer jars, but any freezer capable jar is fine. I’ve reused old jelly jars for this, old spaghetti sauce jars, whatever. For the most part, it’s not going to be in the freezer for longer than a couple months anyway.
- Freeze for up to a year, or put in the fridge and enjoy within 3 weeks!
Other options for this freezer jam:
- For paleo option, use the low sugar pectin and add honey instead of table sugar
- For keto, or low carb, use the low sugar pectin and add stevia or erythritol instead of table sugar.
Do you make strawberry freezer jam? Are you going to try it next time you have strawberries?
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.
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