Looking for a quick and delicious way to use your freshly-picked berries? This raspberry freezer jam recipe will preserve the taste of summer all year long!
Raspberry Freezer Jam Basics
There is no better time to make a freezer jam recipe than summertime! Local farms or maybe even your own neighborhood have spots to pick berries, and a fresh jam recipe may be just what you need for your summer picnic or morning bread and jam.
Store-bought jams are typically full of unnecessary ingredients. If you are making your own jam, you know exactly what is going into it and what you are putting into your body. Not only that, but it may not be as difficult of a process as you’ve imagined it to be.
My family has been making freezer jam for years and it has become an annual summer tradition. We are lucky enough to have raspberry bushes growing around our home, so every summer we take a walk down the street and fill our buckets with fresh, wild raspberries. The wild raspberries are usually tiny, so it does take a while to collect enough! However, picking the raspberries is a fun part of the process, and the final raspberry jam product makes it worth it in the end.
The key to this homemade raspberry jam recipe is Sure Jell premium fruit pectin. The total time to make the jam is around 45 minutes, but it can last you weeks or months.
Raspberry Freezer Jam
- 3 cups crushed raspberries
- 3/4 cup water
- 5 cups sugar
- 1 box Sure Jell Fruit Pectin
- 2/3 tbsp lemon juice
- Wash and crush 3 cups raspberries. If you use a food processor, set pulse to chop, not puree.
- Stir Lemon Juice into fruit. Stir sugar into fruit mix. Do not reduce the sugar or use a sugar substitute (this could cause result failures). Let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After the 10 min., mix ¾ cup water & Sure Jell in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Immediately stir Sure Jell mixture into prepared fruit mixture. Stir constantly for 3 minutes. (Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.)
- Fill jars quickly, leaving 1/2 inch of space at top. Cover with lids.
- Let stand at room temperature for 24 hrs.
- Freeze for up to 1 year & thaw in refrigerator before using. It is not necessary to freeze first. You can immediately put a jar into the fridge if you would like it for the next day.
Raspberry Freezer Jam Variations
Even if you do not have wild raspberries growing around your neighborhood, there are still lots of options to get some fresh fruit. You can pick your own fresh raspberries at a farm near you. Or you can purchase some at a local farmers market. Lastly, you can always buy some at the grocery store! Even if they aren’t as fresh, the experience of making homemade jam is a summer necessity.
Homemade jam on your toast has another level of freshness and taste that you likely won’t find in a store. Whether you prefer raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or even peaches, you can easily learn to can at home. So grab your berries and jar, and make some delicious jam!