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Simple Living: Low Sugar Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe

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Here is this morning’s strawberry harvest from the strawberry patch in my yard. I started this crop with 2 plants, about 5 years ago.

For the last month I’ve kept my strawberry garden weeded, fenced and covered with mesh.

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Yeah, I’m pretty protective of my strawberries because my whole family enjoys the organic strawberry freezer jam it yields.

If you’ve read my book,Living Simple, Free & Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt & Waste, you know I’m partial to freezer jam because the fruit is not cooked, therefore retaining more nutrients.

As you also know, I’m always trying to reduce sugar by substituting sugar alternatives. So today, my organic strawberry freezer jam recipe goes like this:

Supplies

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4 cups prepared fruit (crushed strawberries)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup Stevia
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup Agave
1 box SURE-JELL For Less or No Sugar Needed Recipes Premium Fruit Pectin
1 cup water

Step 1

Rinse clean recycled glass  containers (like salsa jar or jars from previous years) and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.

Step 2

Crush strawberries thoroughly, pulsing in a blender to 4 cups.

Step 3

Mix sugars, including Agave, and pectin in large saucepan. Stir in water. Bring to boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Step 4

Mix strawberries and sugar/water/pectin mixture in separate bowl until well blended.

Step 5

Empty strawberry freezer jam back into the blender for easy pouring. Fill all containers immediately to within 1″ of top to allow room for expansion when freezing.

From http://www.kraftbrands.com/surejell/recipes:
Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.
TIP! Last week I picked some strawberries from the new growth in the strawberry patch. These strawberries were smaller and many had been eaten by bugs. This reminded me (learning through my mistake) that in the first year of your strawberries, you should snip the blossoms to strengthen the plant. This is still true for new growth, not just the first year you plant.
Did you know? Have you ever seen strawberries growing in the wild and wonder how they got there? No, there wasn’t a “Johnny Strawberry-Seed.” Birds poop out seeds that sometimes result in spontaneous gardens! That’s why if I have a reject strawberry I’ll leave it out for my bird friends to populate the world with luscious strawberries. You never know!
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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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