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How to Make Raspberry Freezer Jam

Updated on July 22, 2016
Raspberry Freezer Jam
Raspberry Freezer Jam

How to Make Easy Raspberry No-cook Freezer Jam

One of my favorite summer fruits is the raspberry so my favorite jam is raspberry jam. Although traditional cooked jam tastes good, I much prefer the great fresh fruit taste of freezer jam.

Freezer jam preserves more vitamin C and other valuable nutrients from the fruit that is lost when the fruit is cooked.

The bonus is that freezer jam is quick and easy to make and doesn't require sterilizing glass jars and lids or standing over a hot kettle stirring simmering jam on a hot summer day.

With this recipe you will see how quick and easy it is for anyone to make yummy homemade raspberry freezer jam


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Jam Containers

Glass Canning Jars
Glass Canning Jars | Source

Select and Prepare Your Jam Containers

The first thing you need to do is get your containers for your jam. With this recipe, each batch of jam will make will make 5 cups of jam, so decide how much jam you want to make and calculate the size and number of containers you will need. The great thing about freezer jam is that since it doesn't need to be sealed airtight to preserve the jam so you can use many different types of containers.

You can use traditional canning jars, specially made jam canning jars, recycle any old glass jars with a lid or use plastic containers that are made to be used to store foods in the freezer. I prefer to use square plastic freezer containers. Although they aren't as cute or decorative to give as gifts, they are inexpensive and take up less space in my freezer because they stack on top of each other. After the jam is used the empty containers also take up less storage space because they stack inside each other.

To prepare the containers, you can simply wash them like you normally wash dishes. No need to sterilize! I simply wash my freezer jam containers in the dishwasher right before making my jam.


Bernardin Freezer Jars - Plastic - 8 oz
Bernardin Freezer Jars - Plastic - 8 oz

Here are some important features I like about these containers:

Tight fitting lids to lock in freshness

Dishwasher Safe (top rack)

A place for labeling the date and contents on the lids

 

Freezer Jam Containers for Your Jam - My Favorite Freezer Jam Containers

These are the type of freezer jam containers that I prefer. They are inexpensive, durable, reusable and conserve space in the freezer by stacking nicely on top of each other. They also are easy to store when the containers are empty because they stack inside each other and won't break like glass containers. This particular size holds 1 cup of jam, so a package of 5 works perfectly for one batch of this jam recipe. Since it is recommended that freezer jam be stored in the refrigerator after thawing for only up to 3 weeks, select containers the size that will hold the amount of jam that you think your family will eat in that time frame. Or you can scoop out some of the frozen jam and keep it in another container in your refrigerator.

Here are some other types of containers you can use for your freezer jam

Here are some other sizes and shapes of containers that you can use for your jam. Some of these are more decorative if you want to give some of your homemade raspberry freezer jam as gifts.

The Utensils Needed to Make Jam

Kitchen Utensils for Making Jam
Kitchen Utensils for Making Jam

Kitchen Tools and Utensils You'll Need to Make Jam

Fortunately, most people will already have all of the utensils and tools in their kitchen that they will need to make freezer jam. Here is the short list of items that I use:

Tablespoon

1 Cup measuring cup

1 1-quart size glass measuring cup

1 2-quart size glass measuring cup

1 large bowl

Potato Masher

Spatula

Ladle


Freezer Jam Ingredients

Raspberry Freezer Jam Ingredients
Raspberry Freezer Jam Ingredients

Ingredients Needed to Make Raspberry Freezer Jam

After you have your containers and have all of the utensils you need, it's time to get your ingredients! Here's the short list of what you will need:

1. Sugar - you will need 4 cups for each batch of jam. That works out to about 5 pounds of sugar if you want to make jam from a half flat of berries. (A half flat will make about 3 batches of jam)

2. Lemons or lemon juice. You can buy fresh lemons and squeeze your own lemon juice or buy lemon juice. Some people use the "Real Lemon" brand bottled lemon juice or the lemon juice that comes in the little plastic squeeze containers that look like a lemon. I'm all about quick and easy, but I prefer to use frozen lemon juice instead of bottled lemon juice. It has fewer preservatives and tastes more like fresh-squeezed lemon juice so it seems like a good compromise between fresh- squeezed and the convenience of bottled.

3. Certo Fruit Pectin

4. Berries! To reduce spoilage and waste, get fresh berries at the last possible moment after you have all of the other ingredients. You can also use thawed frozen berries.


Certo Liquid Pectin - Fruit Pectin to Thicken Your Jam

Although there are many kinds of pectin that you can use to make no-cook freezer jam, I prefer Certo liquid pectin. The jam recipe included in the package is very simple and requires only fruit, sugar, lemon juice and the pectin. Some other types of pectin require using corn syrup in the recipe in addition to sugar. This Certo pectin is in liquid form so it is super easy to use and foolproof. There is no need to mix it with warm water, heat the jam or worry about your jam not thickening because the pectin wasn't completely dissolved.

Fresh, red, ripe and firm raspberries

Durham Raspberry
Durham Raspberry | Source

Choosing your berries

Whether you pick your berries from your own garden or buy them at a U-pick farm, fruit stand, farmer's market or at the grocery store, it is best to get your berries early in the day.

Choose berries that are red, ripe and firm without any sign of mold.

Raspberries are more fragile than most berries and are easily damaged by heat and humidity. To prevent spoilage and waste from moldy berries, keep them cool and make your jam as soon as possible after they are picked.

Be ready to go with all of your containers, utensils and other ingredients before you get your berries.

See How Easy it is to Make Freezer Jam

IMPORTANT TIP!

Do not try to double the recipe - always make one batch at a time, carefully following the instructions in the pectin package!

Make Some No-Cook Raspberry Jam

Raspberry Jam Essentials
Raspberry Jam Essentials

Raspberry Freezer Jam Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Make sure your containers have tight fitting lids and are washed and rinsed

2. Prepare the fruit. Rinse the raspberries in cold water in small batches. Carefully remove any stems, leaves or moldy fruit. Also check for and remove any bugs unless you prefer "extra protein" in your jam.

3. Crush the rinsed berries one cup at a time using a potato masher. If you use a food processor, use the pulse setting to chop. DO NOT PUREE the fruit.

4. Measure exactly 2 cups of fruit. I prefer to use a large pyrex measuring cup so I can see that I have just the right amount.

5. Pour the crushed berries into a large bowl.

6. Measure exactly 4 cups of sugar and stir it into the crushed berries. It may sound like a lot of sugar, but don't reduce the amount or the jam will not set! Mix well and let the berries and sugar stand for 10 minutes with an occasional stir.

7. Measure 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and pour into the berry and sugar mixture.

8. Add the package of pectin to the bowl and stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy - about 3 minutes.

9. Using a ladle or spoon, pour the jam into your clean containers, leaving 1/2 inch space at the top for expansion during freezing. Place the lids on the containers

10. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours until set.

Important Note: Freezer jam doesn't usually set as solid as cooked jam, so don't be surprised if it is a softer jam.


Photos of making my raspberry jam - Photos with Step by Step Instructions

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Mash the rinsed berries 1 cup at a timeMeasure exactly 2 cups of mased berriesMeasure exactly 4 cups of sugarStir the sugar into the crushed berries and mix well.  Let the berries and sugar rest for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.Add the lemon juice and pectinStir the lemon juice and pectin into the crushed berries and sugar for 3 minutes.Ladle the jam into the containers.Raspberry jam from one flat of raspberries standing for 24 hours at room temperature.
Mash the rinsed berries 1 cup at a time
Mash the rinsed berries 1 cup at a time
Measure exactly 2 cups of mased berries
Measure exactly 2 cups of mased berries
Measure exactly 4 cups of sugar
Measure exactly 4 cups of sugar
Stir the sugar into the crushed berries and mix well.  Let the berries and sugar rest for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir the sugar into the crushed berries and mix well. Let the berries and sugar rest for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the lemon juice and pectin
Add the lemon juice and pectin
Stir the lemon juice and pectin into the crushed berries and sugar for 3 minutes.
Stir the lemon juice and pectin into the crushed berries and sugar for 3 minutes.
Ladle the jam into the containers.
Ladle the jam into the containers.
Raspberry jam from one flat of raspberries standing for 24 hours at room temperature.
Raspberry jam from one flat of raspberries standing for 24 hours at room temperature.

STORING YOUR JAM

Jam can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks or stored in the freezer for up to 1 year. (I've actually stored some for 2 years in the freezer and it was fine) Thaw in the refrigerator.

Jam and Jelly Serving Dishes

The plastic freezer containers work well for storing your freezer jam, but they are rather utilitarian in appearance for serving your jam on the breakfast table. My solution was to buy a this nice raspberry shaped jam jar and spoon the jam into it from the freezer container at mealtimes.

Home-Grown Raspberries

Heritage Raspberry
Heritage Raspberry | Source

Make Jam From Your Own Fresh Raspberries

Grow your own raspberries!

Of course the best way to have fresh raspberries for your jam is to grow your own. Raspberries can be grown in most areas and they are not difficult to grow. If you have a yard, it doesn't require much space to have a small raspberry patch that will provide you with plenty of raspberries for jam every year.

More Recipes and Gardening Tips

You can find more recipes and gardening tips on my Willeth Farm blog.

© 2010 Vicki Green

Will you be making some raspberry freezer jam? - Your comments are welcomed

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      trying2Bhealthy 4 years ago

      I have made strawberry freezer jam before and your raspberry jam looks great!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Need help! My freezer raspberry jam didn't set up so I then added more pectin and bottled it. Let it set for 24 hours to find it seeping out from under the lids and even popped some lids off. It was a big mess. Rebottled and let set again, to come back to the same problem. What do I do now????

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Looks great! Send some to Florida.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      It sound easy so I'll try it because I love raspberry.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I made your raspberry jam, and it was way too sweet.

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      lynnasafriend 5 years ago

      Yum, I love this recipe, I could do this :)

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      Monica Lobenstein 5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I needed an easy recipe like this. Thanks! I see raspberry freeze jam in my very near future.

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      BuddenBookReviews 5 years ago

      I've never heard of freezer jam but I hope to try this one during the upcoming weekend. I've bottled jam but this will be a first. Wonderful presentation!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Excellent instructions! And raspberry jam is my favorite treat on a buttered English Muffin :) Blessed!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This sounds easy and absolutely delicious! You've provided great tips to ensure a successful result and terrific photos, too. Blessed!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      This sounds like my kind of jam...I'd not heard of this before, but I've never done canning. I think I can do this. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love freezer jams. When the snow is falling the is nothing like the taste of summer then a dish of ice cream and any kind of freezar jam. hun hun good

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      This looks so good! We usually have this at christmas and other holidays throughout the year.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Sounds like a good recipe.

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      Kimberly 5 years ago from Oregon

      Great lens! I love making freezer jam, because it just tastes so much fresher than cooked jams. It's like spreading fresh fruit straight on the bread!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I absolutely love homemade jam of any sort and this sounds easy :) Blessed!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @norma-holt: Yes, you can use other types of fruits and berries. I've made blackberry freezer jam several times. I haven't tried mulberry freezer jam, but would if I had mulberries.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      There are heaps of raspberries coming on in my garden right now so I will be trying out this recipe and thanks for sharing it, Had never heard of freezer jam before. Does it work for other fruilts like mulberries, blackberries and so on?

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      privresearch 6 years ago

      I love raspberries. my grandmother used to make raspberry cake. It was my favorite

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      orange3 lm 6 years ago

      I love raspberry jam! I'll use this when all my raspberries are ripe. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      Awesome lens! I've heard of freezer jam, but never knew how to make it. You made this look so easy! I'm going to try it next weekend. Thanks! Also, I love how you thank the SquidAngels at the end...can I steal this idea? :)

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      natashaely 6 years ago

      I adore raspberries and grow them in my garden! Would like to take all the credit for this but they were here when I moved in and survived my rubbish attempt at looking after them! this is a great page and can't wait to make it. I love raspberry jam with all the bits still in it, smooth jame, tastes odd! ove this! :)

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Looks easy and yummy!

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      avgsuperheroine 6 years ago

      I never heard of this, really interesting!

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      ChristinaDodson 6 years ago

      I really like this lens - very informative and the pictures are great! I have a lot to learn since I just got started making lenses, so I'm glad I found yours. I'm featuring it on my own lens for a new freezer jam recipe I found. I still have a lot of work to do on the lens, but it helps having others to learn from! GOOD JOB! :)

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never tried freezer jam, but definitely sounds yummy and healthy. Thanks for sharing this...have to try it for sure. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

      One of the best "how to" lens I've ever discovered on Squidoo. Well done. Now I really want to buy big box of raspberry and make my own raspberry jam :-) --- Blessed ---

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great lens, the pictures just make me want a big bowl of raspberries and ice cream.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I've made strawberry freezer jam but have never even thought to do raspberry. You've inspired me!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      I have a huge raspberry bush in my backyard and this is a perfect way to keep homegrown raspberries all year round!

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      MissPuppy 7 years ago

      Yumm! I love homemade raspberry jam!!!!!

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      SandraRoseDesigns 7 years ago

      Doesn't this look really good! I never thought about making jam before, and this looks so easy and sooooo good!

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      I wish we could grow raspberries here in the south. I bet I could use your recipe with other fruit, like blackberries. Great job.

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      Ahhh, I love raspberries but I haven't made freezer raspberry jam for a few years. Your recipe looks like a good one to try, and the photos of the raspberries here are delectable :-)

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      ssuthep 7 years ago

      Brilliant! Very well thought and laid out lens. A real good "how to" lens. I have bookmarked this lens for future use. Will surely give this a try. You have certainly explained it very well so that even I think I can make raspberry freezer jam.

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      ssuthep 7 years ago

      Brilliant! Very well thought and laid out lens. A real good "how to" lens. I have bookmarked this lens for future use. Will surely give this a try. You have certainly explained it very well so that even I think I can make raspberry freezer jam.

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      I wish I had seen this lens a couple of months ago. I made strawberry jam, grape jam, blackberry jam and pear jam (a total of 55 pints) using the cooking method. I didn't know there was an easier way to do it! I'll definitely be back when jam time comes around again. Thanks!

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @norma-holt: Thank you so much!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Lovely lens with a great recipe idea. *-*Blessed*-*and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I absolutely love raspberry and will definitely try out this recipe!

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      JennySui 7 years ago

      Great Recipe. It looks delicious.

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      Great recipe lens! I have made freezer peach jam, but it did not turn out very well. I must try your recipe, though. Love raspberries! And I still have the plastic freezer jam jars.

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      You make it look so easy! I'm blessing your lens...

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Great lens about great food! Love it!

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      We need to get preserving in out house. We have a white peach tree with too much fruit.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I can't wait to try this recipe. :)

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @WindyWintersHubs: Thank you!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Raspberries are so dear. It's hard to imagine having enough to make jam. I'll have some blackberries soon.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderfully Illustrated! I have featured on Red Fruits lens. Have a great summer!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This looks very good and very easy!