Every year I make strawberry jam using the recipe that comes in the box of pectin, but every single year I debate if I should use the recipe for cooked jam or the recipe for freezer jam. Recently I did a side by side comparison of the two recipes to find out what is the difference between cooked jam and freezer jam. The debate is finally over!
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Wait a second. Where am I getting these recipes?
There are many options out there for strawberry jam recipes, but I always use the recipe from the Sure Jell brand of pectin. Pectin is the powder used to thicken the jam. Inside the box you will find directions for tons of different types of jams and jellies. I also use the peach jam recipe from Sure Jell.
What is The Difference Between Cooked Jam and Freezer Jam?
- The strawberries are briefly cooked on the stove with the pectin.
- The jam can be canned or frozen. To freeze the jam, skip the canning steps and put the jam in your freezer after it cools.
- The jam color is a darker red.
- The jam is sweeter in flavor.
- The jam is thicker.
- Strawberry pieces in the jam may be smaller.
- Recipe calls for: 4 quarts of strawberries (5 cups crushed), 7 cups of sugar, water, and pectin.
- Recipes makes about 8 cups of jam.
- The hot pectin is added to fresh strawberries. The strawberries are not heated on the stove.
- The jam can only be frozen. If you wish to can your jam, you’ll need to make the cooked jam recipe.
- The jam color is a brighter red.
- The jam taste more like fresh strawberries and less sweet.
- The jam is thinner.
- Strawberry pieces in the jam may be larger. (Cut the strawberries smaller to prevent this if desired.)
- Recipe calls for: 2 quarts of strawberries (2 cups crushed), 4 cups of sugar, water, and pectin.
- Recipe makes about 5 cups of jam.
Which Strawberry Jam Recipe is Better?
Both jam recipes are really good, but have decided that the cooked jam recipe is the better fit for my family.
First of all, the freezer jam recipe can be kind of runny and thin. I use my jam a lot for PB&J sandwiches for my kids, and the freezer jam would make a messier sandwich.
Secondly, I also use strawberry jam to sweetened plain yogurt. The sweeter flavor of the cooked jam recipe does a better job sweetening the yogurt.
However, I really do love the fresh strawberry taste of the freezer jam recipe. It would be perfect for on top of dinner rolls.
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Which strawberry jam recipe do you prefer?
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