This post contains affiliate links to supplies I use to make no-cook strawberry mint freezer jam!
Have you ever picked strawberries? My kids helped me pick strawberries for the first time. It was hot work, but it was fun. It was a great family activity because even my four-year-old could do it easily. They did such a good job that we ended up picking three gallons. And my kids had a very specific request for those strawberries. They wanted strawberry jam!
The one thing that I hate about making jam is the cooking. I am just a little too clumsy to be sloshing around boiling jam. Plus it is already 90 degrees in Alabama and sweating my behind off in the kitchen is not my idea of fun. I was so excited to find Ball RealFruit Instant Pectin. It is an easy no-cook-method for freezer jams. I was hopeful but skeptical. I was afraid that I would end up with clumpy strawberry syrup instead of jam, but the instant pectin worked perfectly. Every jar of my jam, all twenty-three, turned out with the perfect jam consistency. I did follow the instructions perfectly! I measured accurately. When the instructions said “Mix for 3 minutes”, I set a time for three minutes and mixed for exactly three minutes. This is one of the times in cooking that accuracy really matters.
We made several jars of plain strawberry jam. But, we also wanted to make a more creative jam. We are growing spearmint in our garden this year. Well, to be more specific, in a pot placed in our garden. I have had mint go crazy before, and I would rather not experience it again. Anyway, the kids are so excited to be growing mint that they are looking to add it to all kinds of recipes. So we decided to add it to our strawberry jam. The No-Cook Strawberry Mint Freezer Jam does not have a strong mint flavor. We just wanted to compliment the flavor of the strawberries with a hint of mint. The spearmint is a really nice addition to the jam.
One Minute Kitchen Hack:
Soak strawberries in the sink with about two tablespoons of white vinegar. This not only washes your strawberries but helps them stay fresh. No need to rinse the vinegar. I have used this method for a couple of seasons and found that my berries stay good much longer.
Freezer Jam Supplies
No Cook Strawberry Mint Freezer Jam is an easy no cook homemade jam.
- 1 2/3 cups Crushed Strawberries
- 2 tbsp Chopped Mint I used spearmint
- 3 tbsp Boiling Water
- 2 tbsp Instant Pectin I used Ball brand found at WalMart
- 2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
Put Mint in a jar with 3 tbl boiling water and steep covered for 10 minutes. Combine Instant Pectin and Granulated Sugar in a large bowl. After Mint has steeped mix into Crushed Strawberries. Add Strawberry Mint mixture to Instant Pectin and Granulated Sugar. Mix for 3 minutes (or follow the instructions for your pectin). Ladle into freezer safe jars, put lids on, and allow to sit undisturbed for 30 minutes.
Makes 2- 8 oz jars
Don’t Want To Add Mint?
No problem! For No-Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam just skip the Mint steps. What is your favorite thing to eat Strawberry Freezer Jam on?
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