Stone Soup for Five: Low Sugar Strawberry Freezer Jam

Low Sugar Strawberry Freezer Jam

Today, in a semi-panic, I stole $24 from my gas fund and ran to the corner stand and bought a flat of Oregon Hood Strawberries.  The season is so short and they don't last long... and I wanted to be SURE to make some freezer jam before the season ended.

Normal jam uses as much or more sugar than the berries.

This recipe uses half as much sugar as berries, and still tastes fabulous. 
PLUS it calls for regular pectin and gelatin, not the low sugar pectin.

Mmmm... Oregon strawberries smell SO good!

cut the tops off the berries and rinse

Mash well.  You'll need 3 cups of mashed berries.

Add 1 package pectin

stir well until no clumps remain and let sit for 30 min.

 In the meantime, cut down a 12' plus tree stump you've been
meaning to get done for 5 years or so.

and capture a cool pic of it right before it hits the ground.
Pure luck.

Add 1 3/4 cup of sugar and stir.

Dissolve gelatin in 1/4 cup water.

Heat berries and sugar to ALMOST boiling.
Remove from heat and add gelatin.

pour into freezer jars (or leftover and washed jam, salsa, etc jars).
Cool. Freeze.
Enjoy the beauty and taste.  And sneak a few finger dips into warm jelly.

And then clean up the sticky mess.  With a few more licks.

There are MANY uses for freezer jelly.  Like, for example, lacing the jelly with crushed advil for your son who gouged out his knee. Again. And still can't swallow pills.
Remind yourself to work on swallowing pills this summer.
After you have one more taste of jelly.

Use it to cover toast with your low Weight Watchers Point green eggs and ham breakfast.
(6 points)

Then, an hour later, write down another 3 points for another slice of toast
with jelly.

And then STAY STRONG to not have ANY MORE today.

Recipe from an old church cookbook:
Low Sugar Freezer Jam

3 cups mashed berries
1 box pectin
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin

Measure berries into saucepan.  Spinkle with pectin.  Stir and let stand for 30 minutes.
Chop down a tree.  Stir in sugar.  Dissolve gelatin in 1/4 cup very warm water.  Bring berry mixture to just under a boil, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Add gelatin and stir.  Pour into freezer containers and cool.  Refrigerate or freeze. 


  1. Really? I think I might actually be able to do that! I thought it might need a double boiler and harder stuff! That's cool thanks for the step by step! Wow who helped you cut down the tree or did you and Corey do it yourselves? Was that Les?
    Awesome! Great job! I'd say that's a full day's work! Hugs, Suz

  2. Looks yummy...Shame you can't ship me some lol.

    I am super impressed the tree did not end up on the fence with the angle it was growing at...Job well done.

    Blessings Kelsie


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