how to make freezer jam! {a fun and easy kid activitiy!}

It's berry season here in Virginia!  I love fresh berries and all the yummy treats that come along with making them!  We also have a great local berry farm and as much as I love berries, I also love supporting small local businesses.  So whether I need them or not, I try to make an effort to get out there a couple of times a season!  Our last visit left us with over a gallon of blueberries and two pints of black berries!  Freezer jam is one of my favorite things to do with our berries! So simple and easy!  It's also very kid friendly because there is no heat involved!  The whole process takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish and the results can be enjoyed year round from your freezer!  The best part is that the jam is DElicious! It tastes so fresh and yummy and so much better than anything in the stores! 
For each batch you will need:
2 tablespoons Ball RealFruitTM Instant Pectin - Flex Batch 4.7 oz.
Ball 4-Ounce Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12
2/3 cup of sugar
approx 3 1/2 cups of fresh fruit (berries of any sort or peaches) (prepared the fruit mash should be
1 2/3cups of fruit)

Start by washing your berries and picking out any of the undesirables!
Then you can either mash the berries like so (one layer at a time) OR my favorite method is to use my immersion blender.  It makes quick work of all of the berry parts and leaves you with a nicely textured fruit mash. 

Then combine the pectin and sugar, mix them up together.
Add your fruit mash until it's all blended together, stir for about three minutes. 
And then pour into your clean jars, leave about a half inch at the top, allow to sit for 30 minutes undisturbed.  I've frozen these jars for over a year and when defrosted and used they taste just as fresh as when they were made!  
These jars represent three batches of freezer jam.  It's best to make them in small batches to ensure that the pectin will behave properly. 
Enjoy!  I hope you try something new! :)

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