Spring jam making just got a little easier. This pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam is the perfect way to use fresh strawberries. Just FOUR real food ingredients!
When fresh berries start to become abundant as the weather gets warmer, snatch them up for jam making.
No need to make a huge fuss over buying special ingredients or equipment for canning — you can make easy berry jam with just the fruit, lemon juice, and sweetener and gelatin in about 30 minutes at home!
Making your own jam takes a little time, patience, and sticky fingers, but soon you’ll be rewarding yourself with jars of jam for days to come.
Once you learn how to make jam, you can tweak it with a mixture of fruit and sweetener to your liking.
Small batch jam stored in the refrigerator is great for solo cooks who want to experiment with changing farmers’ market and garden goodies.
And if you don’t have access to fresh fruit, you’ll have just as much success using frozen ones. Try keeping a bag in the freezer for making jam on the fly.
What’s the Difference Between Jam and Jelly?
Jam is made with chunks of fruit with sweetener , while jelly is made from only fruit juice and sweetener.
You’ll notice a big difference in texture, with jam being textured and spoonable as opposed to jelly which is smooth, firm, and clear.
WHY USE GELATIN?
When gelatin liquid is allowed to cool, it is transformed by the collagen into a soft gel.
Gelatin can be used to thicken gravies, sauces, jam, and many other types of food and make ice cream, marshmallows, cake frostings, and gummy candies.
WHAT DOES“BLOOMING” GELATIN MEAN?
Blooming gelatin is a step integral to ensuring the smooth texture of a finished product.
It involves sprinkling the powdered gelatin into a liquid and letting it sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Then, when the mixture is heated, the gelatin will dissolve evenly.
CJ’S TEST FOLLOW UP:
Sarah’s been making this jam recipe for several months now, it’s pretty much a staple in our refrigerator. It’s really nice to have and seems to last a long time. It’s a lot more flavorful with better ingredients than the store-bought sugar-free jams. This batch didn’t seem as sweet, but it really had a good natural berry flavor. We did Keto for years with doing the keto bread, I have a love hate relationship with the keto breads because most actually don’t taste like much. At any rate it is nice sometimes to have a piece of toast using keto bread.
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keto sugar-free berry jam
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine berries, water, and sweetener. Bring the berries up to a simmer, reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes.
- Bloom gelatin by sprinkling over lemon juice in a small bowl.
- Remove berries from heat. Tear or drop small spoonfuls of the thicken gelatin mixture into hot berries. Whisking as you do this.
- Let cool. Adjust sweetness if desired. Pour into jars or containers. Keep refrigerated. Keeps 2 to 3 weeks in fridge. May be frozen if desired.
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