Saturday, August 1, 2009

Summer Freezer Jam

Well it happened! My family couldn't believe it was true. They thought the world just might come to an end. What could make such a stir you ask? We ran out of jam!!!!!! Oh no, not that!!!! Anything but that!!!! I think the last time I purchased store jam was in 1994. I have been making freezer jam ever since I found out it only takes 1/2 hour to make. Yes, it is true! 30 minutes and you have wonderful, ooey, gooey, taste great on anything, jam.
Addison and I donned our aprons and set to work. I had strawberries in the freezer that I thawed out. I then followed the directions on the pectin box and less than 30 minutes later I had two batches of freezer jam. I store mine in the Ziploc containers and put them in the fridge. Landon loved the mushy strawberries, and kept eating our jam making product. We finally had to cut him off.

I ended up having more berries than pectin, so I had to get creative so the berries didn't go to waist. So I added a little sugar and poured them into ice cube trays and froze them for smoothies. We are big time smoothie drinkers and this was perfect.

I also dusted off my handy dandy dehydrator and made strawberry fruit leather. It was so yummy. My kids didn't like it because it did not come out of a package, so I got it all to myself. I love it when things work out for mommy!


darnold23 said...

Love your creativity with the strawberries. We love strawberry freezer jam at our house... Thanks for sharing. I hope you will join for Crock Pot Wednesdays at There are some great giveaways. Come check them out.I make it as well with blackberries and peaches.

Tami said...

I LOVE freezer jam! I definitely have got to make me some. Yummy! You are such an amazing homemaker. I'm proud of you my dear!

Amy said...

Wow.. I am impressed girl! I have never made jam before, but you sure have sparked my interest. I'd love to know how you do it.

Michelle said...

Believe it or not I have never had freezer jam before! And I can't believe I haven't made my own jam yet. :) Yours looks yummy. Oh! And I found a recipe to make fruit leather in the oven. If I can only remember where that recipe is.

About may be correct. :) I am going to keep her at their farm and ride her every weekend until I decide to take her. The couple is in no hurry and wants her to a good home. I will tell you that story another time. They are the sweetest and we have become wonderful friends. Dixie isn't ridden enough because she can't ride anymore mainly because of her hip problems. She's 12 and needs the here I am and there she is...and hopefully it will all work out perfect. She's a sweetheart and we have definitel connected. We put a saddle on her Friday and I hopped on and she glided! I felt like I was riding on clouds! :)

Michelle said...

Hey Mrs. Gardner! You've won my Christmas Giveaway! :) I know it's early but I need you to send me your address, name and all that good info so I can get these to you by Christmas. Lol! No, really it won't take that long but congratulations!!! :)

Swing on by when you have a chance and email me!



Nora Johnson said...

Just popped over from Michelle's to congratulate you on the giveaway prize!

And also to say how talented you are - the jam looks scrumptious! Yum!

Look forward to seeing you again soon,


Kristin said...

I have been wanting to do this, I never have...What recipe do you use, could you please email it to me?

fiberdoodles said...

Oh this looks so tasty. I've never made jam but would love to some day!


Michelle said...

Hey, it's Michelle again! I know you have been busy but I forgot to leave my email address so you can leave me your I can send you the goodies from the Christmas Giveaway! Email me at

Talk to you soon and hope you're enjoying the summer!!



Anonymous said...

Fruit Leather...I didn't know we had fruit leather. I didn't even get a bite.

I guess Mommy got it all to herself.

Your Hubby

Alicia said...

I love everything you made with the strawberries!!! Smoothies sound yummy right about now!