Monday, July 18, 2011

Strawberry Freezer Jam, Grape Juice

Our veggie garden is blossoming as is our fruit trees. We have apples, apricots, peaches and nectarine trees. They are little green fruits,  but it won't be long now. 
Here's the apple tree....aren't they tiny and cute?

In the meantime I just ate the most delicious peaches from the grocery store. It must be peach season in Utah, although we are still waiting for ours. 

The Peach Festival is going on right now in Utah....great big YUMMY peaches!
 We also have grapes  growing but they are tiny little green buds.

My concord grape vines....this year we are making something with them! I promise!

I can't wait to do jelly and jams with these summer fruits.  On Chez Pim's site she is getting busy doing some jammin.  Her link is HERE for yummy jams and jellies.

Apricot Syrup....Delish on pancakes...but my fav is still boysenberry....
We've been the recipient of some awesome jams and jellies and syrups this past year. We received some Apricot syrup from my friend Linda, some cranberry jalapeno jam from our friends the Meyers.

Cranberry Jalapeno Jam.....very different tasting...fruity with a bite!

My awesome mom-in-law makes raspberry peach as well as apricot jam and gives them out to us at the holidays. She is the jam queen and should have started her own label way back when. She is 89 and still does jam! Now doesn't that intimidate you, you might ask? Yeah, well should see how good she can ski! 

Her raspberry peach jam is to DIE FOR! 
Apricot Jam ...yummy-ummy! I use this sometimes on baked chicken for a glaze!

 I also have purple, concord grapes that are growing. I'm not that great at these grapes. They are always yummy but I've never done much with them except eat them. This year I'm gonna make some grape juice out of them. I found a cool blog that gives a tutorial on making grape juice for a beginner. The link for her blog is HERE at Our Little Acre.

 My son-in-law, Dr. Tremayne grew up with homemade grape juice that his mom made, and he raves about how yummy it is.  If she can do it, so can I!  I'll just need to buy another book...or two.....snicker....
We at one time had planted about a dozen raspberry bushes out back, that were given to us by my dear friend Barbara who was thinning out her mom's Bear Lake raspberry bushes. We went up to North Salt Lake in the rain to dig them up together one fall day.
I love raspberry jam...but today it's Strawberry Freezer Jam Day!  

 Then a sweet teenager on our street wanted to earn some summer money and I asked him to weed a part of my yard over by the rock gardens. Unfortunately he didn't know the different between a weed and a raspberry. And all those raspberries were dug up and tossed in the dumpster. That was a bad memory. I paid the poor kid anyway. He was saving for a church mission. Oh of those "When Life Gives you Lemons" kinda day.

So this year Barbara said I could come thin out HER bushes. So I can get some more bushes. I'm starting over I guess. It's SUCH a wonderful life. 
If you want my Strawberry Pie Recipe using Jello for the glaze link  HERE for Strawberry Pie.
So with my leftover strawberries from a pie I made, I thought I would make some strawberry freezer jam. It's really good and easy and I just love it on my morning buttered toast.  It is really sweet and natural strawberry tasting. (ya think?)

Strawberry Freezer Jam

2 cups mashed strawberries (smash so you get 2 level cups of mashed strawberries exactly)
4 cups sugar  I know! It's a lot of sugar!
3/4 cup water
1 package Sure Jell Fruit Pectin

Mash up strawberries with a potato smasher till you get 2 cups (about 1 1/2 pounds of fresh strawberries) and then add in the sugar and let them sit for 20 minutes till sugar is pretty dissolved. In a saucepan mix the water and fruit pectin powder on the stove to a bubbling boil and let it boil for about a minute. Then take it off the stove and mix it in with the strawberry mixture. Then pour into 5 cute jars (Walmart has cute small ones) or zip lock has some plasticware small freezer jam containers and add lids.  Leave about 1/2 inch inside the top of each bottle. Let it sit overnight until set. Then put in freezer or if you are using right away it can keep in the fridge for 3 weeks.  Lasts in the freezer 6 months!

Blueberry Freezer Jam
3 cups mashed blueberries (about 2 1/2 pints)
5 1/4 cups sugar
(everything else the same)

I've heard that Mangos make a great freezer jam too. Hmmmm.....I might try that too.  I've also been reading about a "less sugar" type of Sure Jell that you can use with sugar substitutes or with less sugar ratio. I've never tried them but those might be worth a try too.

No comments:


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...