At what seems like the beginning of summer we went strawberry picking and ended up with a nice little bounty of sweet little berries. I had in mind making some jam and was happy to find a freezer jam that looked easy enough and had been recommended by another friend.
If you're new to jam making like I am, this is a good recipe to start with!
Recipe thanks to Alton Brown of the Food Network. I've loosely adapted it.
Ingredients You'll Need:
- 2 pounds strawberries, stems removed
- 11 1/2 ounces sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1.59 ounces of freezer jam pectin
1. Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and puree. Spoon the mixture into lidded plastic containers and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Store in the freezer for up to a year or in the fridge for up to one week.
Alton uses 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper but I cut mine back as I wasn't sure how much of a kick that would give it. Next time I'd do the whole 1/2 teaspoon.
The jam is delicious and like preserving many fresh fruits and vegetables makes you realize how delicious a real strawberry tastes!