We’re a jam family. We eat a TON of jam and I also like sharing it with others! (A great hostess gift, especially for the family who doesn’t “do” homemade!)

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So when I saw the recipe for “30 minutes to Sure.Jell Jam” in this magazine, I got my kids involved in helping me as we made 4 batches.

Kids not always happy to pick the berries, but they willingly do so anyway.

Washed berries.

Adding raspberries, our family SECRET combination.

What you need:
2 cups crushed berries
4 cups sugar, measured separately
3/4 cup water
1 box Sure.Jell Fruit Pectin

1. Make sure you have your containers clean, sterilized and ready to go.
2. Stem, wash, crush berries (I use Cuisinart)
3. Measure exactly 2 cups berries into a bowl and stir in sugar.
4. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

1. Mix water and pectin in a small saucepan. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly.
2. Continue to boil and stir for 1 minute.
3. Add boiled mixture to the fruit mixture; stir 3 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved.

1. Fill all containers to 1/2 inch from the top.
2. Lid and wipe down the containers; let sit on counter for 24 hours before freezing.
3. Use and store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks, or freeze up to 1 year.
4. Thaw in fridge before using.

I realized after we made 4 batches, and as our berries are still producing quite rapidly, we’ll be making more jam here soon. So what happened to the leftovers that didn’t fit into the containers that we scraped out of the bowl?

Straight into the blender that night for delicious strawberry milkshakes…

My favorite time to pick strawberries is morning or at dusk. Planting strawberries on our city lot has been one of our greatest investments for our family.

Do you make freezer jam? What’s your favorite combination?

(For those of you who want to make jam using traditional canning methods, you can view my post on canning jam, here).

Visit Marie at Makes and Takes for her similar version. And Christy at Southern Plate for Peach Freezer Jam. For Blueberry Freezer Jam visit the Tablespoon And for Raspberry Blackberry, A Farm Girl’s Dabbles has a great post!.