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How to Make Strawberry Freezer Jam

Looking to learn how to make strawberry freezer jam? Sweet, fresh berries mashed and stirred into gorgeous strawberry jam and you’ll never buy store-bought again!

Two jars of strawberry jam with red checkered lids, a bowl of jam with a wooden spoon next to it, and a slice of bread and jam.

Mom’s Homemade Jam

I grew up on homemade jam from my mom which she kept stored in all different flavors, strawberry, raspberry, apricot and more. I loved homemade jam and never had a single bite of store bought jam until I was in college and had run out of the homemade jam I’d brought with me. 

It was a tragic moment in my life. I could not stand the taste of store bought! I thought it tasted fake and overly sweetened. I had cough syrup, not jam on my mind. 

A white bowl with strawberry jam in it. There is a small wooden spoon in the jam, and jars of jam in the background.

Freezer Jam VS Canned Jam

But then my strawberry jam recipe from home got put to the test against a boy I was dating’s jam. His mom had sent a little home with us after dinner one night and I was ashamed to totally ditch Mom’s jam. Freezer jam won by a landslide. 

What’s the difference between freezer jam and canned jam?

The biggest difference between freezer jam and canned jam is in taste. Both are jams and are great on sandwiches, rolls, biscuits and the like, but freezer jam is never cooked, thus making it taste fresh just like a perfectly ripe strawberry. 

 

Freezer Strawberry Jam-

Freezer jam requires no cooking, this means that you merely stir, smash, mix and store. 

Because the fruit is fresh and the jars are not sealed you must keep it stored in the freezer. I know, your freezer is already getting full, but I would rather hit the store for meats more often than ever give up freezer jam. 

Canned Strawberry Jam-

Canned jams mean that you must first cook the fruit down with sugar and pectin, allow to cool and then can in a pressure cooking to be sure that all lids are set. This jam is stored in pantrys or cupboards. The flavor is much more dull as is the color. 

 

Freezer jam is always, always the yummier jam.

Four jars of homemade strawberry jam. There are red and white checked lids on some of the jars and a red and white checked tea towel next to the jars of jam.

How to Make Strawberry Jam

Well, more specifically, how to make freezer strawberry jam. 

 

Enjoy this smothered all over the softest potatoes rolls or a warm slice of molasses oatmeal bread

 

What’s the difference between jam and jelly?

Jam is made with fruit pulp while jelly is make with fruit juice. A jelly is that thick, congealed like jell-o type of jam whereas a freezer jam is soft, sticky and spreadable jam.

Does Jam Need To Be Refrigerated?

Jams and jellies do not need to be refrigerated, however they will last much longer if they are kept in the refrigerator so we absolutely always do.

Jam will keep for 30 days in the pantry, and at least 6 months in the refrigerator.

Can Jam Be Frozen?

Yes, both homemade jam and store bought jam can be frozen for longer storage time.

Jam can be frozen for a year, but after that you’d better start making PB&Js. 

How Long Will Jam Keep?

Unopened homemade jam will keep for 1-2 years in the pantry. Once opened, it will keep for 6 months to a year.

Store bought jam will keep for about a year.

Can  You Make Jam From Frozen Berries?

Yes, jam can be made from frozen berries, but we much, much prefer to use fresh berries as they aren’t as watery and are better in flavor. Especially when you’re talking about freezer jam recipes, the fresh, ripe berries perform far better. 

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Two jars of strawberry jam with red checkered lids, a bowl of jam with a wooden spoon next to it, and a slice of bread and jam.

Freezer Strawberry Jam

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20
Sweet and fresh freezer strawberry jam is the easiest recipe you'll ever make and you will never buy store bought again!

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 Cups Strawberries mashed *see notes
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Pectin Freezer

Instructions

  • Stir together the sugar and pectin in a bowl.
  • Add the strawberries to another bowl and pour in the pectin mixture. Stir for 3 minutes and place in freezer containers for up to 1 year.

Notes

Hull your strawberries and pulse in a blender or mash with a potato masher. I like smalll chunks of berry in mine so I do not puree them.
You can double this recipe, but never try making a bigger batch than that. Just repeat batches always leaving one bowl for the berries and one to mix the sugar and pectin.
 
This jam can be kept in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks, and can be frozen for up to 1 year.
 
Nutrition Facts
Freezer Strawberry Jam
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 34 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Can you make this with Truvia?

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    • Hi Lisa! Great question! Truvia has a recipe for strawberry freezer jam on their website. I would go with their recipe to make sure it sets up correctly. I’ve tried it before, and there is a slightly different taste, but it is still delicious. I found it didn’t keep as long in the freezer as jam with regular sugar.

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  • Hi, I am curious as to what brand of Pectin Freezer you use for this? There are so many brands and I have tried some unsuccesfully. I grew up on my grandmas jelly and my mom’s freezer jam and freezer jam is the best! Thank you!

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    • I use Ball!

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    • I can’t wait to try this! Do you liquid pectin or pectin powder?

      • Reply
      • I use the powder but either should work.

  • Easy Peasy. Love this and your jam looks Wonderful
    I was just wondering what brand of Freezer Pectin did you use?
    Thank U & enjoy your day and thanks bunches for this easy to make jam

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    • I use Ball brand!

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