3 Summer-Ripe Freezer Jam Recipes

Capture the season's freshest flavors in these delicious, no-cook jams.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Freezer jams are a quick and easy way to capture delicious seasonal flavors without cooking. That's right, there's no heat required to transform sun-ripened fruit into sweet, spreadable goodness. These jams set up similar to cooked jams but are not processed in a hot water bath canner. Instead, the jams are preserved by freezing, offering a fresh, bright taste that's as close to fresh fruit as you can get.

Ingredients

All three recipes will require:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant pectin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • sterilized glass jars or freezer jam cups with lids
  • mini potato masher

Other Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup peaches, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raspberries

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Each of these jams contains the same base recipe: 1-1/2 cups of fruit, 3/4 cup of sugar, two tablespoons pectin and one tablespoon lemon juice. The combinations of fruit and flavors are as follows:

Strawberry plus mint, blueberry plus chia seeds, and raspberry plus peach.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

In a bowl, mash the fruit into a pulp with a potato masher.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Add the sugar and mash the fruit some more until the sugar is mostly dissolved.

Freezer Jams

Freezer Jams

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Debbie Wolfe

Stir in the lemon juice.

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Debbie Wolfe

Mix in the mint (if making strawberry-mint jam) or chia seeds (if making blueberry-chia seed jam).

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Add in the instant pectin. Mix for three minutes until the jam thickens then transfer mixture to an 8-ounce jar. Store in the freezer for up to one year.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

When ready to use, simply place jam in the fridge overnight to thaw. Serve on toast or muffins or mix them into your favorite oatmeal or yogurt. Re-freeze any leftovers.

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