Friday, May 1, 2009

Lower Sugar Strawberry Freezer Jam

It's that time of year again... jam season.  Most jam recipes call for 4-6 cups of sugar for 1/2 a flat of berries.  It kind of makes me sick when I see how much you have to add.  Ed's mom gave me a really great lower sugar jam recipe though which is fantastic.  It's more of a strawberry syrup then really really solid like most jams. It is so much better than using pectin.

You'll need to cut up (or mash depending upon the berries you use) 5-6 cups of berries. You don't want to make it into a puree though.

In a heavy saucepan, add 2 cups of sugar.

Add 3 Tablespoons of clear starch or corn starch.

Add one packet of Kool-aid. You'll want to use the flavor of Kool-aid that is the same as the flavor of the berries.

Add one cup of Karo Syrup.

Stir all ingredients together on medium/high heat until sugar is no longer crystallized.

Add the strawberries. After they are well incorporated into the sugar mixture, remove from heat.

Spoon jam into jam jars. You can use any type of jam jars you want. The ones I used hold about 2 cups each. This makes A LOT of jam.