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Easy Freezer Jam

easy freezer jam recipe and printable labels what to do if your freezer jam doesn't set up

I grew up spoiled with only homemade jam. It wasn’t until I moved away from the comfort of living at home with my mom, that I was forced to buy jam from the store. It really doesn’t taste the same. Or even close. Not to mention that most popular store-bought jams and jellies come filled with corn syrup and sugar.

Raspberries are in season right now, so I made up two batches of jam. The whole process doesn’t take very long from start to finish, and I was able to make up several containers for my family as well as some cute little jars for gifts to friends and neighbors.

easy freezer jam recipe and printable labels and what to do if your jam doesn't set

I made a set of labels to go with the jam, there’s a “chalkboard” set and a regular black and white set. Both sets of labels are 2.5 inches in diameter if you have a punch (or you can cut them out with scissors too). I could easily write on the black chalkboard ones with a Metallic Sharpie in silver. I do recommend laminating the labels, since the lids get quite a bit of condensation on them when they are taken out of the freezer.

You can download the black and white labels HERE, and the chalkboard labels HERE.

Homemade jam is pretty easy to make, and while it does contain some sugar, there’s no added corn syrup. A common problem with making your own jam is that after going through the whole process, the jam doesn’t always set up. Here’s a recipe that I’ve had great success with, and a simple set-up check so you don’t waste any time or yummy fruit!

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Easy Freezer Jam
This is a really easy, simple recipe using pretty much any fruit you have on hand! Printed from milkandspoon.com
easy freezer jam recipe free printable labels
Course Side
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
easy freezer jam recipe free printable labels
Instructions
  1. In a medium heavy saucepan, combine the fruit with the lemon juice and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the sugar and return to a boil. Finally, stir in the pectin and bring to a rolling boil for one minute (not longer). Remove from heat.
  2. To check if it will set up, spoon a teaspoon or so into a dish and set aside while you get your containers ready to fill. After a few minutes, check the jam in the dish, if it's set go ahead and fill your containers leaving a 1/4 inch space at the top (for expansion in the freezer). If the jam sample isn't set, reboil the fruit mixture adding a little more lemon juice and a little more pectin (1/2 a package or less).
  3. Let your containers set up overnight or about 24 hours then store in your freezer until ready to serve, up to a year.
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