Did you know that you can make jam from frozen fruits?
To preserve the freshness of your garden harvest, seal and freeze it for later use, especially in the off-season.
But what if you are left with a massive amount of frozen fruits that you can’t possibly process?
Make homemade jam from the frozen fruits and enjoy a dose of lusciousness when the fruit is otherwise unavailable. Fall and winter are the perfect time to make jam from summer fruits such as berries. This is because the extra heat from the jam-making process brings comfort on such cold days.
Let’s find out how you can make a fine jam from frozen fruits.
Thaw Your Frozen Fruit
Frozen fruits can be used in the same way as you use fresh fruits, but you need to thaw them first and then proceed with the recipe. One thing to note, ensure that you don’t leave the frozen fruit out to thaw several hours.
The longer you let the fruit sit, the more juice will flow out of them that later affects the jam’s thickening process.
Prepare Your Canning Equipment
You need to prepare a water bath canner for canning your fruit jam before you start to cook your jam. Fill the canner with clean hot water and ensure that it is at least half full. You need enough water to make sure that the water level is 1-2 inches over the jar’s top when they are added to the water.
Heat the water to about 180o F so that it is just simmering when you add the jars later.
Start Cooking Your Jam
Mrs. Wages® also offers a no cooking solution for making jams. Our No Cook Freezer Jam Fruit Pectin is ideal for health conscious or low-carb diets, our pectin requires no added sugar and no cooking – even your kids can join in the fun!
If time and tradition are your choice follow our cooking guidelines here! Use a medium saucepan and add the frozen fruits, sugar, citrus juice, and zest in it. Stir thoroughly and start adding the packaged pectin slowly to the water. You can add more frozen fruits to the jam for a softer jam, but if you are looking for a firm jam, you can take out some quantity of the frozen fruits.
Keep the saucepan on medium heat and let it cook uncovered. When the fruit starts to soften, use a potato masher or a fork to crush the berries. You need to do this to ensure that you don’t end up with pulpy bits or skin in a jam.
Remove the mixture from heat.
Start The Canning Process
Start ladling the jam in the canning jars but make sure that you leave some headspace, usually the top 1/2 inch, unfilled. Wipe the rim of each jar with a cloth, place the lid, and shut it tight.
Place the filled jars into the water bath canner with a jar lifter and see that you do not tilt the jar so that the jam gets stuck under the lid. Process the jars of jam for the designated amount of time, per Mrs. Wages instructions, in the water bath and then remove them and let them cool.
Make sure that the jam is cooled completely before you open the jars. The jam is now ready to be stored, or it can be eaten by spreading over a slice of freshly baked bread.
If you are overwhelmed by frozen fruit that you don’t know what to do with, making a jam is a perfect and delicious solution.
Now that you know that making jam from frozen foods is possible, clean out your freezer and get to it before summer comes around again.
For more recipes, guidelines for making jams and pickles, or information on canning, head over to Mrs. Wages.