Have you ever made your own jam? NO? Why not? Did you think it was too hard? Messy? Expensive? Well, you couldn’t be further from the truth! I am going to show you How to Make Freezer Jam. It is super easy and you can save a ton of money!
I hit up Aldi’s today and bought a ton of fruit! Well, not a ton but I got 8 lbs of strawberries and 4 pints of Blueberries for about $13. I bought it all with the intentions of turning into freezer jam.
I bought these Instant Fruit pectin packets last year on clearance for $1.16 each. I did see that this year they had instant fruit pectin in larger jars for a great price at Walmart. You can use almost any kind of Fruit pectin to make jam. You are going to want to follow the directions on the package since each one is a little different in how it gels.
I also splurged this year and bought these “fancy” Freezer jars. You can use any kind of jar or container for freezer jam. You certainly don’t need these to make a yummy batch of jam! I bought this 5 –8 oz jar pack for about $3.25 at walmart. I am totally going to be reusing these for different make ahead foods. I am thinking they would be great for smoothie servings, and so much more!
The freezer jam is as easy as processing the fruit in the food processor or blender, mixing in the sugar and fruit pectin, and storing it in clean jars or containers. That is the beauty of freezer jam. There is no heating, canning etc. Just mix and jar.
- 4 Cups pureed fruit
- 1½ cups sugar
- 1 Pouch Ball Instant Fruit Pectin
- In a bowl stir together sugar and pectin.
- Mix in the fruit and stir for 3 minutes
- Pour into freezer containers.
- Can be frozen up to 1 year. Makes (5-6) 8 Oz jars
I ended up with 20 1/2 jars of jam. I think if my helpers would have kept their hands out it would have been an even 21. I made 2 batches of strawberry and one of blueberry.
I did the math about what each jar cost me and it looks like this.
8 LBs Strawberries $8
4 Pints Blueberries $5
3 Packets Pectin $3.48
4 1/2 cups sugar (est $1.25)
Total cost $17.73
Divided by 21 Jars
Final Price: $0.85 an 8 oz Jar!
Jam costs about $2.75 a jar regular price so this is a huge savings!
This is plenty of jam to keep us in peanut butter an jellies for quite awhile. Plus, I know what my kids are eating. It came out of my kitchen, and I know that there are no chemicals included!
I am hoping to find a great U-Pick farm and get some more great produce deals. You can find more info about u-pick farms here.