It’s the peak of season for fresh produce and delicious fruits! Over the next few months, there’s no doubt you will find sweet, delicious local Strawberries. Enjoy them now, but you know you will crave them later in the year and they won’t be available. Our solution? Freeze them!
How do you freeze them to create a perfectly fresh jam in mid-fall? Wash thoroughly and let dry. When they are cleaned up, place the whole berries on a sheet pan, but be careful to not let them touch each other.
Place in the freezer until they are frozen solid individually. (Check out your freezer for stuff you haven’t seen in a while. I had WHAT in there?! Oh yeah! Having that this weekend.)
Remove from the sheet tray and place in freezer bag, storing in the freezer for up to 4 months. Now you have sweet local strawberries throughout the fall, even in November! This easy strawberry jam will delight when it gets colder and blustery, and uses our delicious Aged Strawberry Balsamic to add a bit of fresh zing to the final jam!
This recipe is one of our favorites for go-to jam needs like breakfast or bread toppings, but our secret weapon is to drizzle over a dome of Ricotta Cheese that we smoked in a pizza oven. It is sooooo good!! What’s your favorite way to use fresh jam?
- 2 Cups of Fresh Summer Strawberries, Previously Frozen
- 1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Pairings Strawberry Balsamic
- 3 Tablespoons Water
- 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- Once delicately frozen, your strawberries will last for several months.
- When you're ready to make jam, remove Strawberries from freezer and let thaw.
- Quarter 2 cups of berries.
- Place in sauce pan with 1.5 cups of sugar, 2 tablespoons of Pairings Strawberry Balsamic, 3 Tablespoons of water and 1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and stir continuously, skim the top and continue cooking and skimming until the jam thickens and becomes translucent
- Remove from stove and allow to cool.
- Store in glass jar, refrigerate, and enjoy!!!
- Serve on top of bread, crackers, pancakes, cheese rounds, and more! The delicious possibilities are endless!