I am an old-fashioned person, if you know me at all you know that I should’ve been born during the WWII era. I’m pretty sure that I would’ve fit in perfectly during the 40’s and 50’s. I’ve always liked the idea of canning jams or vegetables but it wasn’t something I thought people did anymore, it seemed like it died out with the older generations. My grandma (my moms mom) canned everything – if you could’ve seen her “fruit room” out in the garage your mind would’ve been blown with how much she canned and stored up! But I’ve always found it interesting and especially in the last year I’ve become more interested in all the different ways to can food.
I bought a “cookbook” called “Canning for a New Generation” and I love all the modernized ideas and recipes for canning & pickling. The only thing stopping me from doing some serious canning is money and space. I’ve used up all my kitchen space area and if you’ve ever seen those canning kits that you can buy you know that they aren’t exactly cheap. So one day I will own a set and I will can my own food from my own garden (& I can’t wait until I can have my own garden).
But for now, I will settle for a modified jam recipe: FREEZER JAM.
My grammy (my dads mom) makes freezer jam and it is super yummy so I asked her to come over to my apartment today so that she could show me how to make freezer jam. Turns out – it’s the recipe on the inside of the pectin box and it was super simple to make! I made a basic Strawberry Jam today but am looking forward to mixing fruit and creating fun jam flavors next!
PROS of Freezer Jam: Quicker to make than cooking jam
CONS of Freezer Jam: The jars are kept in the freezer until you’re ready to use them, rather than in a pantry or out in the garage
This might not be bad if you have an extra freezer like most people do, but Jesse & I don’t own an extra freezer and our freezer is extra tiny to begin with, so I’m definitely going to have to make some room in my freezer or just start giving jam away to everyone I know.
So if you find a jar of jam at your door step… you know who it’s from!
The jam has to sit on the counter for 24 hours before it can freeze – so I now have to patiently wait to taste it.
I don’t have any pictures to show my process of how I made the jam – but I know that I will probably make my jam from here on out, so this won’t be my last jam post!! :)