Quick and Easy Freezer Jam and Printable Labels

Hours for Jam Anyone?

I’ve been interested in making homemade jam for a long time, but I’ve been turned off by the time, work, and know-how that goes into canning.  Time is valuable, and my stress level is often teetering on over the top.  Honestly, canning just overwhelms me! However, that being said, I usually find time and energy to do the things I feel are truly worth it.  All the heat that is involved in canning turns me off as well.  I just have a hard time spending money on high quality, nutrient dense fruit (since we haven’t been able to have a garden for a few years) only to heat it to boiling and lose many of those nutrients.  Even most freezer jam recipes require heat.

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No Cook Jam!

So, when my friend Debbie gave me a recipe for freezer jam that only takes 13 minutes to make and requires no heat, I was sold!  The secret is using freeze dried fruit!  As I mentioned last week, freeze dried fruit is extremely nutrient dense, and you don’t have to cook it, so this 13 minute jam has all the nutrients of the original fruit packed into it!

Plus, this jam can be made all year long!  No need to wait until all the fruit is in season!

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You can purchase a variety of freeze dried fruits here.   My favorites for the jam are raspberries, strawberries, apricots, peaches, mangoes and blackberries.  I have yet to try blueberry, grape, pear or pineapple though I’m sure they would work well.  Let me know if you try them!  I’m not sure how the apples or cherries would work as they are a bit more difficult to crush when dry.

Printable Labels

Teacher appreciation week is coming up!  I’m planning to give this jam combined with a can of the new dough mix I mentioned last week (country white or whole wheat just add water and yeast mixes).

I made some cute labels to put on the jam.  I thought I’d share those with you as well.  Use them for your own teacher appreciation gift, a mother’s day gift, or visiting teaching gift (if you are LDS), etc.  The labels are available to print at the end of this post.Homemade Jam Labels

Making the Jam

Gather five ingredients: water, crushed freeze dried fruit, sugar, liquid pectin, and lemon juice.

Easy Freezer Jam

Add the water and the sugar to the fruit, and let it sit for 10 minutes.  At about the 9 minute mark, mix the lemon juice and pectin.

Quick Freezer Jam

Pour pectin mixture into fruit mixture, and stir constantly until sugar is dissolved (about 3 minutes).  Pour into three pint size jars.

Freezer Jam

That’s it!  10 minutes for the fruit to hydrate plus 3 minutes of stirring.  Thirteen minutes and your prep work is done!

Now all you do is wait.  Let it sit for 24-48 hours (the apricot, peach and mango took a bit longer for me) until it “sets.”  Refrigerate for up to three weeks and/or freeze for up to a year!

13 Minute Freezer Jam
 
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Recipe type: Jam
Serves: 3 pint jars
Ingredients
  • 4 cups freeze dried fruit, crushed (so once it is crushed it will only be about 2 cups)
  • 2 cups water (unless using strawberries, then only 1¾ cups water)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 pouch (3 oz) liquid pectin
Instructions
  1. Mix fruit, water and sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix lemon juice and pectin and add to fruit mixture.
  3. Mix constantly until sugar is dissolved (about 3 minutes).
  4. Pour into jars and let set for 24-48 hours.
Notes
Do not decrease the amount of sugar in the jam or it won't gel properly. I know it is a lot of sugar. But in addition to acting with the pectin to turn your fruit sauce into jam, the sugar serves as the preservative and prevents bacteria growth. If want sugar free or low sugar jam, there are special pectins available for that.

 

Want More Food Storage Recipes?

If you’d like more (family approved) 100% food storage recipes, I have a recipe book that you can find here or by clicking on the image below.

 

Printable Labels

In addition to the recipe, I also made some printable labels for your jam!  There are two different types of labels: (1) Circular labels you can glue to the top or tie around the lid, and (2) rectangular labels you can wrap around the jar.  Just click on whatever you want to print and enjoy!

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Apricot Wrap Around Labels

Blackberry Wrap Around

Mango Wrap Around  Peach Wrap Around

Raspberry Mango Wrap Around

Raspberry Wrap Around

Strawberry Peach Wrap Around

Strawberry Wrap Around Labels