Raspberry Jalapeno Freezer Jam {quick & easy!}

Raspberry Jalapeno Freezer Jam {quick & easy!} - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #raspberry #jalapeno #jam #freezerjamOur raspberry patch is slowing down in its fruitfulness, but we saved up one of our last large pickings for a couple batches of freezer jam. Our girls shared the role of Head Jam Maker in our kitchen. Tessa made a simple raspberry jam, a variation of our favorite raspberry blackberry freezer jam. And Hatti headed up our experimenting with some heat, creating our very first batch of Raspberry Jalapeno Freezer Jam. It turned out fabulously, and definitely won’t be our last batch that includes hot peppers!

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I never tire of the raspberry, for both its natural beauty and its amazing sweet tart flavor. Eaten simply one by one, preserved in jam, frozen in sorbet, swirled on a brownie in my favorite raspberry buttercream, or baked into coffee cake, scones, or cheesecake…I find raspberries hard to resist. But the fresh raspberry season is all too short. So jam is a wonderful way to preserve those berries and stash away some goodness for later.

Raspberry Jalapeno Freezer Jam {quick & easy!} - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #raspberry #jalapeno #jam #freezerjam

This raspberry jalapeno freezer jam is an awesome little condiment to keep on hand. It’s especially lovely as an appetizer, served with crackers and cream cheese or goat cheese. Also try brushing the jam onto chicken breasts a couple minutes before taking them off the grill. So good!


Freezer jam is very easy to make. Just follow a few important tips:

  • Use firm perfectly ripe fruit for best flavor and set. Inferior fruit (not ripe or over ripe) will produce inferior jam.
  • Measure ingredients exactly. Altering recipes or ingredients could cause a set failure.
  • Yes, this recipe calls for alot of sugar, but don’t alter the amount. If you want to use less sugar, look for SURE-JELL for Less or No Sugar Needed Recipes in the pink box.
  • When filling prepared containers with finished jam, leave ½” at top for expansion during freezing.
  • The finished product will not be as firm as a processed jam. It will be more loose, with a very spreadable consistency.
  • Because this jam is not cooked, it must be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. It will be good for about a month in the refrigerator, so store your jam in smaller containers (1 to 2 cups are great sizes!) that will be used up faster. Keep one jar in the refrigerator and the rest in the freezer for later.

Raspberry Jalapeno Freezer Jam {quick & easy!}

Yield: 7 to 8 cups of jam

Ingredients:

  • 3 c. crushed ripe red raspberries (from about 6 cups whole berries)
  • 1/4 c. minced fresh jalapeno pepper, for a mild jalapeno flavor - add more for a stronger jalapeno flavor
  • 5-1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 box (1.75 oz.) SURE-JELL fruit pectin

Directions:

Be sure to first read through my freezer jam tips in this post, right before the recipe. Then wash 8 half-pint (1 cup) plastic containers and lids with hot water and dish soap. Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Add the sugar to a medium bowl. In a very large bowl, combine crushed raspberries, jalapeno, and sugar. Stir to combine. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes.

In a small saucepan over high heat, stir together water and pectin. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Add pectin mixture to raspberry jalapeno mixture and stir constantly for 3 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved and no longer grainy. If a few sugar crystals remain, that's ok.

Immediately fill containers to within 1/2'' of container tops. With a damp paper towel, wipe off the edges of containers. Immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Jam can now be used, stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 month, or frozen for up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.

Basic red raspberry freezer jam recipe from SURE-JELL, with adaptations from a farmgirl's dabbles.