Strawberry Freezer Jam

If you hurry you might be able to get one of the last flats at the strawberry stand and make some really yummy jam! I usually try and get mine made in the summer, but this summer went too fast. So, I got some last week and got it done. Thank goodness! My kids won't eat any other kind of jam - seriously, won't touch anything else. I can't blame them. I grew up with this jam too, my mom has been making it for as long as I can remember. She used to give it to friends every year for Christmas and they would wait for it. One of them wouldn't let her kids have any and would eat it alone with a spoon! It is that good. It tastes like dessert.

When you go to the road-side stand, ask them if they have any "jam ready" berries. They all know what that means. I got a whole flat of smashed and watery berries for $3!! Perfect, because I go home and mash them up like this... Actually, my husband washed all the strawberries and mashed them the night before I made the jam. Yes, he is awesome.Follow the directions for the "Quick and easy" freezer jam inside this box. I haven't ever tried the pink, lighter sugar box. Don't want to mess with perfection.

If you want to stock up for the whole year like I do, you will need to buy a big bag of sugar like this at Costco. Every batch calls for 2 cups of mashed strawberries and 4 cups of sugar. That's it! Only 3 ingredients (plus a little water.)
Yes, those are old peanut butter jars. They are perfect for little hands grabbing the jam multiple times a day. I make some in cute jars to share, but most are for us. I made about 24 jars, hopefully that will get us to next summer!


  1. What a great idea to use the old PB jars! Are those the giant-size ones from Costco? I didn't know about jam berries. Genius. You are a genius!

  2. I wish I lived in a place that grows those fresh berries like you have out there in Cali. They taste so much more sweeter than the store bought ones. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I use the smaller peanut butter jars for the jam - otherwise you get sticky fingers trying to scrape out the little bit at the bottom!

  4. Thank you for posting this. I was just thinking how I REALLY need a great recipe from a Master, you. Love you Amy.

  5. Actually substitued agave nectar for sugar in my freezer jam and it tasted so much fresher with the freshly picked berries.

    1. Great idea! I will have to give that a try this summer, thanks!