I am looking for a recipe for refrigerator strawberry jam.
By Pamela from Lehigh Acres, FL
The idea behind refrigerator jam is to eliminate or at least drastically reduce the use of sugar as a preservative. If a recipe calls for a cup or more of sugar, it's NOT refrigerator jam.
Here is what works for me:
Cut the leaves and hard cores and toss them into a blender.
Cut the cores of green apples like Granny Smith and cube the apples. Toss them into the blender too, and blend until everything is very smooth. Pour an inch of water into a simmering pot, any thick-walled pot, even a slow cooker, and let it slowly simmer for a few hours, with occasional stirring, until it is quite thick.
Put the strawberries into a different pot and crush them with a potato masher, but don't get too carried away. The odd little firm chunk in the jam is a nice treat. Add some hot water and bring it to a rolling boil. Add honey or Stevia or whatever your favorite sugar substitute is, stir and boil for another minute, then pour it into the simmering apple mass. Stir well and let it simmer a bit more.
Pour it into boiled cream cheese containers or anything that has reasonably tight lids and snap them on immediately. When cooled, put a few into the fridge and the rest into the freezer.
This method makes a firm jam, not a runny one. You CAN add Certo, but the green apples accomplish the same, and add good vitamins and nutrients.
Stevia is a natural sweetener, that is safe even for diabetics. How much of it you add, depends entirely on your preferences for jam. Kids usually like it very sweet, gourmets and older people usually prefer a more tart jam, that has more fruit flavor than sweetness. Just write down how much you used per pound of strawberries, and adjust the next time strawberries go on sale.
Simple Freezer Jam Recipe
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I am looking for a recipe for strawberry refrigerator jam. A friend gave me some and I love it! It is not too sweet and keeps for a long time in the refrigerator.
Buy "Certo", the recipe for freezer strawberry is on the enclosed leaflet. You can find Certo both liquid and powder where all the canning supplies are at the grocery store. (04/16/2005)
Try http://www.COOKS.COM . You can find all kinds of recipes there. Type in your category, "jam", then type in, "strawberry". You will more than likely find just what you want. Your last key word you might need will be refrigerator. (04/16/2005)
Strawberry Freezer Jam
Combine strawberries and sugar, and let stand 20 minutes. Combine pectin and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour pectin mixture over strawberry mixture, and stir 3 minutes. Immediately pour jam into jelly jars or frozen food containers, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Cover at once with lids. Cool to room temp. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 1 year. Makes approx. 6 cups.
Heavenly Strawberry Recipes (06/17/2005)