I love freezer jam, and so does my whole family. Usually, I just make strawberry. Although I have made a few different kinds in the past, including plum, blueberry, and peach. I think I just didn't know what I was doing back then, but the peach turned out way too runny. The blueberry had a weird texture, maybe from the blueberry skins? I don't remember much about the plum; these were all at least 7 years ago. But I've always had success with strawberry.
I did make a batch of plain strawberry last weekend, but then I got the hankering for something a little different. I wanted to try making just nectarine, because I love nectarines and have been getting good ones here. At the last minute I chickened out though, going with strawberry-nectarine, because I know that my strawberry always turns out, at least! I thought that by combining the two fruits, I'd have more success. And this jam is SO GOOD!! It set up just perfectly. I adapted a recipe for peach-strawberry. I did not bother to peel my nectarines.
Strawberry-Nectarine Freezer Jam
adpated from Taste of Home
1-1/4 cups finely chopped nectarines (I use my food processor for this too; after the strawberries)
5 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin (I used Sure-Jell in the yellow box... the only kind I can get here!)
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the strawberries and nectarines. Add sugar; mix thoroughly and let stand for 10 minutes; stirring every once in a while.
2. In a small saucepan, combine water and pectin. Bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add to fruit mixture and stir constantly for 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
3. Ladle into clean jars or plastic freezer containers. Cover and let stand overnight or until set, but not longer than 24 hours. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to 1 year. Yield: about 3-1/2 pints.
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