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Mom’s Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam (only 5 ingredients!) Recipe

This recipe has changed because MCP Pectin has changed it's formula. The recipe for this strawberry freezer jam no longer contains corn syrup as one of it's ingredients. Follow the new directions below for a tasty jam your family will love.
Prep Time45 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: freezer jam, homemade recipe, jam, strawberry
Servings: 7 cups
Calories: 544kcal

Equipment

  • Large Bowl
  • potato masher
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Jam Containers

Ingredients

  • cups crushed strawberries*
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 box MCP Pectin (must be MCP pectin)
  • cups sugar

Instructions

  • Wash and cut the tops off all the strawberries. Place in a large bowl.
  • Mash the strawberries (I used a good ol' potato masher and it works great!). If you like chunky jam, leave more chunks. Remember that the strawberries will continue to break down even more as you add other ingredients.
  • Place the crushed strawberries in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in the lemon juice.
  • Then stir in the MCP pectin into the berries. Set aside and let set for 30 minutes. Stir about every 5 minutes to dissolve the pectin.
  • After 30 minutes stir in the sugar gradually. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and an no longer grainy.
  • Pour jam into prepared containers. Leave about 1/2 inch at the top for expansion during freezing. Cover with lids.
  • Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours or until set.
  • Then place in the freezer.

Notes

  • *My mom always uses this recipe for peach jam, apricot jam, and raspberry jam. They are all just as delicious! Just substitute whatever fruit you want for the strawberries.
  • This recipe has been changed because MCP pectin has changed over the years. We used to follow the recipe that had Karo syrup in it. That recipe no longer works with this pectin. The result is runny jam. But this new revised recipe seems to work well.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 141g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 132g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg