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Freezer Berry Jam

Two jars of freezer jam on a countertop with fresh strawberries.

Originally shared by Megan Erickson, former SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist.

Try this research-tested recipe for freezer berry jam courtesy of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.


  • 2 cups, Strawberries or blackberries, crushed
  • 4 cups, Sugar
  • 1 package, Powdered pectin
  • 1 cup, Water

Yield: Makes about 5 or 6 half-pint jars.


To Prepare

Sort and wash ripe berries; drain well. Remove caps and stems. Crush berries.


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together berries and sugar. Let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Dissolve pectin in water and boil for 1 minute.
  3. Add pectin solution to berry and sugar mixture; stir for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour jam into freezer containers or canning jars, leaving ½-inch headspace. Cover containers and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to a year.

Storage Tip: Once opened, jam should be stored in the refrigerator and used within a few days.

SDSU Extension recommends using evidence-based recipes when engaging in food preservation at home. The recipe above has been research-tested and provided by the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Do not modify ingredients.

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