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Do-It-Yourself Experiment #6: Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam

I made Strawberry Freezer Jam [1] earlier this week as part of my 2011 Do-It-Yourself Experiments [2]. And of all the projects I’ve done so far, I’m pretty sure this was my favorite.

I used the $0.99 strawberries at Aldi, as well as a bag of sugar from Aldi and pectin at the grocery store. I briefly considered using raw sugar, but since this is my first try at anything like this, I figured I better play it safe. So I bought white sugar — something I’ve not done in months!

Make and Takes recommends using a food processor [1] to puree the strawberries, but I used the Vita-Mix instead. It worked well, except that the Vita-Mix does such a good job of puree-ing that my jam turned out really, really smooth.

The whole thing was so simple to make! I cannot believe I’ve waited this long to make freezer jam. And our entire family loved the end result.

The recipe [1] is definitely not low sugar, though, so I’d love to find a good freezer jam recipe that was a little healthier (anyone have one?). We’ve already used it on peanut butter sandwiches, served it on pancakes, and — dare I admit it? — eaten it plain.

All in all, making Strawberry Freezer Jam was every bit a successful experiment and I’m completely confident we will be making this again. If I’m able to find a source for inexpensive pectin, this would also be more cost-effective than buying jam at the store. Plus, it so yummy and fresh — and fun to make, too!

Have you tried any new do-it-yourself experiments recently? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

In case you missed it, here’s the list of the 12 Do-It-Yourself Projects I Plan to Try in 2011:

January: Make From-Scratch Chai Tea [3]

February: Make Homemade Dishwashing Detergent [4]

March: Make Homemade Hamburger Buns [5]

April: Make Homemade Laundry Soap [4]

May: Make Appliqued Flower Tee [6]

June: Make Homemade Hummus [7]

July: Make Strawberry Freezer Jam [1]

August: Make Homemade Soap

September: Sew a Rag Quilt [8]

October: Make Homemade Apple Butter [9]

November: Make Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day [10]

December: Make Homemade Marshmallows [11]