Saturday, July 12, 2008

Strawberry Freezer Jam

I've got the strawberry freezer jam recipe for you. I'm thinking that it will work with any fresh summer fruit. I had planned to pick raspberries today and give it a try, but the berries just aren't quite ready for picking yet. I will probably try it with raspberries, boysenberries and peaches once they're ripe, and let you know how it works.

If enough people are interested in the Instant Clear Jel, let me know and we can start carrying it on our website. It's pretty amazing stuff, and I've used it super-successfully for everything from nacho cashew cheeze to lemon curd to gelato. This is seriously some of the best jam ever, and it tastes like fresh picked strawberries. So good!

Now for the quick Jam recipe:

Julie's Strawberry Freezer Jam

5 cups smashed fresh strawberries
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar (I used organic sugar which I whizzed in a processor to make super-fine)
5 tablespoons plus 1 tsp Instant Clear Jel

1. Place smashed strawberries in a large bowl.

2. In a smaller bowl, mix together sugar and clear jel, whisking until well mixed. Add the sugar mixture to the strawberries, whisking until very well mixed and sugar looks dissolved. If you don't stir it well, the starch will thicken in clumps. This should only take a minute or so.

3. Let strawberry mixture sit for 10 minutes to thicken completely. Scoop into clean jars, seal with a lid and place in freezer.


Kimberly said...

Thanks for posting the jam recipe; it looks delicious.
And I'd be thrilled if you carried the instant clear jel; I've had no luck finding it in the local grocery stores.

Erin said...

Awesome recipe! So much easier than boiling pectin and whatnot.

julie hasson said...

Hi Kimberly. Thanks for the feedback. We will probably start carrying the Clear Jel soon. I really don't know why it's not sold in grocery stores, but it should be. Whatever the case, we'll try and add it very soon.

Thanks Erin! It is SO much easier than working with pectin. Jam making has never been easier.

Vegan_Noodle said...

I am so excited to hear about this clear gel!! Strawberry jam sounds so good right now...

Bobbi said...

Thanks for this recipe Julie, and I'm glad you'll probably start carrying clear gel. This freezer jam would be a perfect recipe for Claire and me to do together!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe just in time for summer. Delicious idea!

rzaugg said...

Clear jel AND the stuff to make whipped topping? It's so hard to read your (and Bryanna's) wonderful recipes and then finding out the main ingredient is not available in Canada.

julie hasson said...

Hi rzaugg. Let me know if you're interested and I can ship the jel to you in Canada. The Versawhip is a hard one though. I wanted to carry it on our site, but the cost of the product is just too expensive at this time. Maybe someone else will start carrying it soon in Canada.

Thanks for everyone's comments. I hope to start seeing some blogging on freezer jam this summer :-)

K.E.N. said...

i just saw you making italian sodas on Better!!

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Wish I could put some on toast right now!! :)

- L said...

yes, please start carrying it in your store! and also, please say you'll ship it to Canada if we northerners ask very very nicely. I was able to get a tiny package from an Asian grocer to test out some raw kiwi jam last night, and now I want to jam everything I see, but sadly can't get more of the Gel...

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Amy's Kitchen said...

Thanks for the great recipe. I have recently discovered clear jel. I love how freezer jam turns out using it, and I don't have to use as much sugar.
I purchase my clear jel from Alison's Pantry. Great company. You can visit their site at