Fresh Stawberry Jam (LIGHT)
The intense strawberry flavor of this no-cook freezer jam is a result of using less sugar. As well, all three of the jam variations complement the fresh strawberry taste.
- 4 cups (1 L) crushed Ontario Strawberries (about 1-3/4 qt/1.75 L whole)
- 2-3/4 cups (650 mL) sugar
- 1 pkg light fruit pectin crystals
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 20mins
Wash and hull strawberries; crush (with potato masher) one layer at a time. Measure into large bowl. Measure 1/4 cup (50 mL) sugar and combine with fruit pectin crystals. Gradually stir into fruit. Let stand for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Gradually stir in remaining 2-1/2 cups (600 mL) sugar and continue stirring for 3 minutes*. Pour into scalded jars. Cover with tight lids. Let stand at room temperature until set (may take up to 24 hours); then store in freezer. If used within 2 weeks, jam may be stored in refrigerator.
Stir one of the following ingredients or ingredient combinations into jam after stirring sugar for 3 minutes.
Sherried Strawberry Jam -- 1/4 cup (50 mL) sherry
Minted Strawberry Jam -- 1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh mint leaves
Almond Strawberry Jam -- 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped almonds 1/2 tsp (2 mL) almond extract