Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Early Bird Makes Jam

Bare with me today as I am a little sleep deprived. I have a sore throat that is making it impossible to sleep. I woke up at 4 a.m. this morning and decided to take full advantage of the "extra time". So, I made my first-ever batch of strawberry freezer jam!

Freezer Jam.
Making freezer jam was quite simple and it left me feeling super accomplished at 4:30 a.m. The recipe called for 4 cups of sugar, however, I only had 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar in the house. I figured that using raw cane sugar wouldn't make too much of a difference, so I added 1 1/2 cups of that to the mixture, as well. It turned out great! I didn't even notice the missing cup of sugar when I tasted the finished product.


New Recipe #10 of 25:

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Serves about 30 tablespoons.


Ingredients:

2 cups crushed fresh strawberries
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups raw cane sugar
1 (1.75 ounce) package dry pectin
3/4 cup water

Directions:

1. Mix crushed strawberries with sugar, and let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, stir the pectin into the water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil for 1 minute. Stir the boiling water into the strawberries. Allow to stand for 3 minutes before pouring into jars or other storage containers.

2. Place tops on the containers, and leave for 24 hours. Place into freezer, and store frozen until ready to use.
After making the freezer jam, I decided to suprise my husband and make him a great breakfast for when he woke up at 6:00 a.m. I made french toast with fresh strawberries and a side of turkey bacon. He was very surprised and happy with the breakfast. I made a small plate for myself, as well.

My husband's breakfast.

My breakfast.

After waking up so much earlier than usual, I have a feeling that today is going to be a long day. Sore throat or not, I am resolving to make the best of it!

Have you ever made freezer jam before? Do you have a different recipe to share?

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