No-Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe {with Raw Honey}

freezer jam recipe

There are few things better than homemade jam…

Especially when you’ve made it yourself!

As much as I love to preserve and can, I always have a small moral crisis when deciding how to preserve fresh fruit.

Most jam recipes are super easy and great for a beginner, but they also require you to cook the fruit to oblivion (therefore eliminating a lot of the good stuff in it) and then add cup after cup of white sugar…

Not to say that I haven’t done it, but last weekend I sat there staring at 8 pounds of in-season strawberries and I couldn’t bring myself to cook ‘em and sugar ‘em to death.

So instead, I whipped up two batches of raw freezer jam sweetened with raw honey that jelled so nicely you could almost hold the jar upside down without it falling out.

I know, I know– I can hear the murmuring in the crowd right now. Ya’ll don’t think that’s possible, right?

We’ve all been told that you HAVE to use lots of white sugar in order for jam or jelly to set. And then you have to cook it to finish the process.

Well, when you have a box of this stuff– the rules change a little.

You can make cooked or un-cooked jam with it and use either honey or a minimal amout of sugar to do the sweetening. It comes with a little packet of calcium powder in addition to the pectin that enables you to have thick, set-up preserves, without a boatload of sugar.

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Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe

(Taken from the Pomona’s box insert)

  •  4 cups of mashed strawberries– preferably homegrown or organic
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (This is optional- I believe it just helps the berries to maintain their color)
  • 1/2-1 cup of raw honey (You don’t have to use raw, but if you have it, this is an ideal place to use it, since it will be able to keep all of it’s raw goodness)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons Pomona’s Universal Pectin (affiliate link)
  • 4 teaspoons calcium water (this comes with the Pomona’s pectin when you buy it)

First off, mix the packet of calcium powder with 1/2 cup water. Store it in the fridge- it will last for several months and be good for more than one batch.

Place your mashed berries in a large bowl and add lemon juice and honey. Stir well. It takes a bit of stirring to get the thick, raw honey to blend in with the berries, but it’ll happen eventually.

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Bring the 3/4 cup of water to a boil. Add the pectin to the hot water and blend it until completely dissolved. (You’ll want to use something like a blender for this. I used my immersion blender, and it worked like a charm.)

Add the pectin/water mixture to the fruit, stir well. Then, add the calcium water and incorporate thoroughly. At this point, my jam was already very thick and wanted to jell up. If yours isn’t doing that yet, keep adding one teaspoon of calcium water at a time until it starts to set. Keep in mind that it will continue to set as it cools, too.

Place in freezer safe containers, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Stick in the freezer right away, or keep it in the fridge for a week or so.

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Kitchen Notes:

1. You can usually find Pomona’s Universal Pectin at your local health food store, or buy it online HERE.

2. Feel free to substitute other berries in this recipe, like raspberries, blueberries, or cherries.

3. My jam was not overwhelmingly sweet. If you like yours a little sweeter, then add more honey to taste.

4. If you have zero honey, or have an aversion to the stuff, you can use plain, ol’ white sugar in this recipe, too. Start with a 1/2 cup or so, and slowly increase to taste.

5. One batch yielded approximately 3 pints, but it’s easy to double.

6. I sometimes freeze things in glass jars. I know, I’m a rebel. Just leave a generous amount of headspace (more than a 1/2″)

7. One box of Pomona’s pectin will make 2-4 recipes.

No-Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam with Raw Honey

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mashed strawberries
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (to help berries maintain color)
  • 1/2-1 cup raw honey
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons Pomona's Universal Pectin
  • 4 teaspoons calcium water (this comes with the Pomona's pectin when you buy it)

Instructions

  1. Mix packet of calcium powder with 1/2 cup water, and store in the fridge- it'll last several months and is good for more than one batch
  2. Place mashed berries in large bowl and add lemon juice and honey
  3. Stir well until raw honey is well blended with berries
  4. Bring 3/4 cup water to a boil
  5. Add pectin to hot water and dissolve completely
  6. Add pectin/water mixture to fruit and stir well
  7. Add calcium water, one teaspoon at a time mixing thoroughly until it's thick and ready to set, keeping in mind it will continue to set as it cools
  8. Place in freezer safe containers, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace
  9. Freeze right away or keep in fridge a week or so
http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2012/06/no-cook-strawberry-freezer-jam-with-raw-honey.html

So there you have it, a wholesome raw jam with all the benefits of fresh strawberries and raw honey. It doesn’t get much better than that! I’m thinking I just might have to smear some on one of my homemade tortillas for a little afternoon snack…

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Comments

  1. I have been using Pomosa for years to make my blueberry/maple preserves. They are cooked however.

  2. Yum! I’ll definitely be trying this one out! ;)

  3. Aren’t freezer jams great! I’ve never heard Pomosa pectin, but I just made a batch of jam with Ball’s freezer pectin. I love keeping all the goodness of the fruit rather than cooking it out : )

    • Ronda Kaufman says:

      Ashley I just made 34 pints with ball feezer pectin and half the sugar it called for and it was the best jam I’ve ever had.. I love that stuff. I grew up with my family using sure jell, but ball is way better..

  4. I can’t believe the good timing this has been for me. I bought Pomona pectin for the 1st time a week ago at the advice of a friend but have not used it yet. This looks like an excellent recipe and I cannot wait to try it. I even have the local honey to go with it, thank you so very much.

  5. Freezer jam is great, but I make cooked jam due to lack of freezer space. We raise grass fed organic beef and come butcher time, I need all the room in my freezer for beef. :) I use the no or less sugar recipes. Strawberries don’t need much extra sweetener, but my I made strawberry rhubarb jam (Tutorial and recipe on my website) and did have to add sugar to that. I will check out this pectin though. I used the no sugar Ball pectin and it jelled great.

  6. Thank you for sharing this with us! I had not idea about this universal pectin! I’m going to order it on amazon now so I can try it asap! :)

  7. Ah bless you, ma’am! I have a freezer full of strawberries and like you I didnt want to cook them to death! *bookmarks*

  8. Thank you SO much for this recipe! I have alot of food allergies, and really wanted to find a more wholesome way to use up the mass quantities of local strawberries we have here in Minnesota. The pick-your-own strawberry farms up here are an amazing deal, and I like to buy an entire years worth of berries and freeze them! Now I can have jam again…yay!

  9. Thank you for this recipe! I just picked a ton of organic strawberries at my in-laws farm and got my pamona’s pectin at the healthfood store. SO excited to try this recipe. Thank you for writing about your experience!

  10. What a great idea. I too hate all the cooking and sugar in jam making. It’s not really preserving season here (being the dead of winter!), but I am going to see if I can find that kind of pectin in Australia, ready for summer. Any reason at all you couldn’t do it with other jams?

  11. Cristin Cogen says:

    Simple, flavorful, smart and visually appealing. Marvelous recipe Jill ;)

  12. Erinn Knoll says:

    I am not sure where to find this pectin with the calcium water here in Canada? Does anyone know of any other products that can be used?

  13. I LOVE pomona’s too! I actually recently wrote an entire post about why I prefer Pomona’s to homemade pectin. You are so right about cooking the jam to death; that’s what I like least about tradition pectin/no pectin recipes. Pomona’s is awesome. However, I almost exclusively use it with cooked jam recipes. Even so, you barely have to cook it for 5 minutes, so it’s still a pretty fresh jam. I love Pomona’s!

  14. Hello! I was excited to find your website, and love that you are a committed Christian!
    I used your recipe for the freezer jam with strawberries and honey and it was a huge hit!! We had a bit of a snag however with the last little bit in the jar, it went bad. I don’t think it was left on the counter for any length of time, any ideas why this happened? I am a little gun-shy now about putting any of the rest of it in the fridge to use, but it won’t be any good in the freezer! By the way, we saved our ketchup squeeze bottles and put the jam in there. It meant freezing plastic, but it also makes for a great delivery method of squeezing the jam right onto the sandwich!

    • Hmmm… I’m scratching my head trying to figure out why it would have gone bad Alyssa… I currently have a jar of it in my fridge that is going on 2 weeks old and it’s still good. How did it go bad? Mold, smell, etc?

      Perhaps there was something in that particular jar before you put the jam in it that gave it a head start on turning icky?

    • Hi Alyssa! I just read an article from a newsletter put out by Johns Hopkins Medical Newsletter that says do NOT freeze or cook any foods in plastic. This advice does not address your situation but may help you decide how to store your frozen fruit product. Glenna

  15. Betty Belcher says:

    I tried this product for the first time last year and I really, really like it. I did’nt get the directions exactly right the first time, but after I got it right, it was great. I will definately be using it again this year.

  16. Hi, do I have to keep it frozen until I’m ready to use it or should I remove it and store it ?

  17. Caitlan says:

    How long will the freezer jam last after it is defrosted and stored in the fridge?

  18. Janet Kiessling says:

    This looks so amazing! We are adoptive parents to 6 Blessings. And two of those cannot have regular ‘ol sugar. They have to have grganic sugar. A bit more $$. I LOVE making my own jams & jellies & most of the time we do…..just because of these two…:) But, I, too, really do not like having to put sooo much sugar in there for each jar of jam. Thank you so much for sharing this! Blessings to you & your family!……..:)

  19. I didn’t have pompano with calcium as an option today so I bought sure jell 100% natural. I followed the recipe and quantities you have listed but missing the calcium water. Is it still going to setup? I’ve never made jam before and I’m hoping I’m not ruining a quart of fresh picked strawberries. Ack! I also don’t want to use 4 chips of sugar, hence searching for a new recipe. But perhaps, I should have used the sure jell less or no sugar needed. Help!

  20. I just made this today. And I think i did something wrong. This is my first batch of jam EVER so I have no experience with pectin but my jam did not gel at all. I made a half-batch and am wondering if that messed me up somehow. I kept adding calcium water (at least 5 t.) and it just is not thick like jam. Just wondering if you had any thoughts for me. I was so excited to see this recipe b/c I have mass amounts of organic strawberries and local raw honey at my disposal right now!

    • Hmmm… It’s hard to say since I wasn’t there, but I do know that sometimes jams made with low-sugar or no-sugar pectins sometimes just don’t work on occasion. I’ve heard my friends talk about this as well. I have had amazingly good success with Pomona’s, but every once and a while, things just don’t gel… However, the plus side is that you can still use your end result as syrup for pancakes, waffles, or ice cream, so don’t toss it!

  21. Just came across this recipe and am super excited to try it! My only question is, I am going to order the pectin today and am not sure how long it will tae to be delivered, so is it ok to freeze the berries first, then defrost and make the jam? I wasn’t sure about freezing them twice and if it would have any negative impact on te berries. Thanks so much!

  22. Kathy Elskamp says:

    Hey Jill I just saw a recipe on Facebook that called for using chia seeds as your “pectin” but I don’t know if you can do that and then “can” it – I don’t have space for freezer/ frig jams but would love to make it and can it if you can use chia seeds as your pectin (I”m wondering now about flax as well) – have you heard of either of these and being able then to “can” it – water bath canning etc.

    thx
    kath

  23. Hello,

    I just tried the recipe. It appeared Gel but not to the point that I am able to turn the jar upside down. I put some in the fridge to see if it will not gel more as it cools/sets. My question is I used 1 cup honey. Do I need more pectin because I am used more then you did?

    • Hahah! Sorry I am typing on my I phone! The typos are always interesting -) I think you can still understand the basics of my message. -)

  24. Margaret says:

    I use Pomona Pectin in my gluten-free all-purpose flour recipe. Love it! Will have to try this jam too!

  25. What is the calcium powder you are referring to in step 1? Is it the Pectin?

  26. Okay, I’m gonna have to try this! No cook AND it’s made with honey? Get out! I love jam, but I’ve never heard of Pomona Pectin, but I’ll definitely be looking into it now. Awesome recipe, Jill! ;)