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Fresh Homemade Raspberry Freezer Jam

One of the best parts of summer is making fresh homemade raspberry freezer jam. My favorite recipe is from Sure Jell pectin. The recipe is inside the box. This recipe is great for beginners because a lot of equipment isn’t needed, and if you didn’t already know…freezer jam is famous for its delicious, fresh-tasting flavor.

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easy homemade freezer jam

What is the difference between freezer jam and regular jam?

  • Freezer jam must be kept in the freezer instead of on a shelf.
  • Both jams use pectin, but regular jams will have a thicker consistency.
  • Making freezer jam is a simple process that doesn’t require a water bath to preserve.
  • Any glass or plastic storage container can be used with a tight lid for freezer jam, whereas sterile jars with a proper seal and a canning kettle are required for regular jam.

For great freezer jam, first, we need to start with fresh berries!

fresh raspberries for freezer jam


We pick strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries every year at local farms. Picking berries is a great way to include your kids; they can see where the berries come from and how they are grown. They also get to sample the delicious fresh fruit.  Picking berries is a fun and easy way to help kids learn to contribute to the family. Kids feel good when they can say they helped; it’s a good experience for them.
sure jell pectin for freezer jam
There are many brands of pectin available. Sure-Jell is my personal favorite.  People often ask me what I use because the flavor of the jam is exceptional. The fact that it has a little less sugar in the recipe is a plus too.

Weight Watcher Plus can add one point per tablespoon of this jam.


fresh raspberry freezer jam

As mentioned above, there are different ways to make jams and jellies, but I prefer the fresh taste of freezer jam. Remember, it must be stored in the freezer, so you would need to be sure there is space for it. One batch will make about 6-7 jars, which doesn’t take up a lot of space.

You can always make jam as needed and use frozen berries; I often do this later in the year as we run out of jam.

The jam shown in my post today is called red raspberry, and you will find it on the instruction sheet that’s inside the box in the Quick & Easy Freezer Jam Recipe section. The recipes must be followed exactly, and the ingredients measured accurately; no rounding up or guessing, or the jam won’t set and will be too runny. It can also end up way too thick, like goo.  I also like the strawberry jam.  When I was teaching, my students made jam as one of their first projects. Lots of my students made the blueberry jam and loved it. Try several; you can’t go wrong with this product.

The basic steps for making Raspberry freezer jam include:

Crush berries, but don’t puree.
Measure crushed berries exactly and set them aside.

measure crushed berries for freezer jam exact

Measure sugar exactly and place in a medium to large saucepan. Add pectin and mix well.
combine pectin and sugar

Add 1 cup of water to pectin and sugar.

add water to sugar and pectin for freezer jam

Stir water into pectin and sugar and mix well. Bring mixture to a low boil; let boil for 1 minute.

making freezer jam

    Add the crushed berries to the hot pectin and sugar mixture.

    Mix well, scraping the sides of the pan to incorporate all the ingredients.
how to make raspberry freezer jam

Fill up the clean jars or containers with the jam. I find a soup ladle works well.

Making raspberry freezer jam

Wipe the edges of the jar clean before placing the lids on them.

making homemade freezer jam
 Lastly, let the prepared jam sit on the counter at room temperature for 24 hours before transferring it to the freezer. Once opened, the freezer jam can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
fresh raspberry freezer jam

Enjoy! And try this recipe: No-Cook Low Sugar Freezer Jam made with even less sugar.

fresh homemade freezer jam

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