It's that time of the year, when farmers market stalls and grocery stores are packed with fresh berries to enjoy with the season.
But what if you want to preserve the taste of summer to enjoy year-round?
"This is the perfect time of year to make freezer jam," according to Kelly Streit, a registered dietitian with the Oregon State University Extension, Family & Community Health (FCH) Program in Clackamas County. "Unlike cooked jam, freezer jam has a fresh fruit taste, a vibrant color, and is also easier to prepare."
Streit, who is a senior instructor with the OSU Extension Service, teamed up with junior cook, Jamison Axmaker, age 7, to show just how easy it is to make strawberry freezer jam in the latest cooking demonstration video produced by the Clackamas County FCH program.
They follow the step-by-step instructions included in the packages of pectin, which can be purchased at a grocery store, along with the jars for storing the jam.
"Measuring the sugar was my favorite part," said Jamison, who enjoys his freezer jam on toast.
No strawberries? Substitute other fruit such as blueberries, blackberries, marionberries, raspberries, cherries, apricots, peaches or plums.
"Once you've tasted it, you may never go back to the store brands," Streit said.
Strawberry Freezer Jam
• Demonstration video: beav.es/4v6
• Recipe: beav.es/4vu
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