09 July 2016

Kids Cook in the Market: Strawberry Freezer Jam

Every summer, mid-June through August at our PSU Market, kids age 7-11 can participate in Kids Cook at the Market, where they learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers, and prepare ingredients purchased fresh at the market. Classes include a guided market tour, hands-on instruction and recipes to take home so students can share what they learn with family and friends.

The Kids Cook Season 2016 is generously sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups strawberries, clean, tops removed and sliced
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (1.75 ounces) powdered, no-sugar-needed pectin

Method

  1. Thoroughly wash, rinse, and dry seven 8-ounce plastic freezer or glass jars with tight-fitting lids. You can also use zip-top freezer bags.
  2. In a medium pot, combine fruit and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together sugar and pectin; add to fruit, stirring until sugar mixture dissolves and fruit returns to a full rolling boil. Boil 1 minute, and then remove from heat.
  4. Transfer to jars or bags, leaving a 1/2-inch space on top. Seal and let sit at room temperature until jam is set, 2 to 3 hours.

Note: Jam can be stored in your refrigerator for 2 weeks or in the freezer for 6 months.

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