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home made jam and frozen berries

geminigirl Jun 18, 2008 05:44 PM

fairly new to the whole jam making and canning but after a success last year with blueberries im ready again for summer berries...problem is I probably won't have enough time to make the jam after picking the strawberries so wondering if I can pick, wash, freeze and make jam later in the summer or fall? I'm thinking yes, but wondering if the flavor will suffer? I just got one of those suction/ziplock gadgets so the berries will store pretty well in the freezer. thanks

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  1. Jen76 RE: geminigirl Jun 18, 2008 09:05 PM

    I am trying the same thing with some organic strawberries I found at a steal. I also just got one of those Handi-vac gizmos. So far so good. I don't see why it wouldn't work! I guess we'll find out. I'm going to make my jam by the end of the month though.

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      Erika L RE: geminigirl Jun 18, 2008 10:24 PM

      Have you considered making freezer jam instead of cooked jam that then has to be water bath processed? Freezer jam is uncooked, so the fruit stays bright and fresh-tasting. It's also much faster to make because there's no cooking and no processing. Opening a container of strawberry freezer jam in January is like opening a little container of sun.

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        Kagey RE: geminigirl Jun 19, 2008 05:22 AM

        Yes, you can freeze, and the flavor doesn't suffer. That's been my experience with blackberries.

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          wawajb RE: geminigirl Jun 19, 2008 06:40 AM

          Yep...in fact, my favorite jam/jelly book (The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving by Topp & Howard) recommends it. That way you can make your jams later in the fall after it's cooled down a bit and aren't heating up your kitchen during the hot summer/early fall days.

          Btw...I recommend that book highly for anybody starting out in preserving that wants some different recipes (Spiced Honey Blueberry and Peach Lavender being my two favorites) that make just a handful of jars at a time.

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            The Tattooed Lady RE: geminigirl Jul 3, 2008 08:07 AM

            You bet! I just pulled a 2-cup package of crushed and frozen strawberries from the freezer for a combination jam. I make my blackberry jam with commercially frozen berries all the time.

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              itryalot RE: geminigirl Jul 6, 2008 05:16 AM

              Love strawberry freezer jam. Tastes like summer - fresh and bright. I have done blueberries and raspberries on a cookie sheet in freezer and then put them in a dble lined freezer bag. They need to be totally dry if you was them first otherwise the ice crystals form on them. I just have also mashed up 3 quarts of strawberries, put them in freezer containers, unsweetened with a little fresh lemon. Will use for strawberry sauce in the winter.

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                smartie RE: geminigirl Jul 6, 2008 07:40 AM

                I always froze my fruit when I lived in England and had a garden. I grew blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, black and red currants and strawberries. Plus plums and cherries when the birds didn't get there first. I used to wait till I had about 5-7lbs of fruit frozen, put the frozen fruit into a big pot and very little water until they were all defrosted on a low light then make jam as usual. Always came out perfectly.

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