recipes1Freezing berries without sugar

Wash berries and drain. Remove stems and slice berries. Put into freezer containers or freezer bags (4 cups per bag). Put into freezer immediately.

Freezing berries with sugar

Wash berries and drain. Remove stems and slice berries. Add 3/4 cup sugar to 4 cups sliced berries. Stir and let stand until sugar dissolves. Put into freezer containers, leaving ½ inch head space. Put into freezer immediately. Berries can also be crushed, sweetened and then frozen. Work with only a few quarts at a time, then the berries won't get mushy and will freeze well.

Freezing Whole Berries

Wash berries and drain well on paper towels. Don't remove stems. Place in freezer on a cookie sheet, only one layer at a time. After they are frozen, place these berries in freezer bags. Ziploc freezer bags are great. Use these berries right from the freezer on your favorite cakes, salads and cereals.

Strawberry Jam

Ingredients: 5 cups crushed strawberries, 7 cups sugar, 1 box powdered fruit pectin
Instructions: Wash and then cap berries. Crush strawberries one layer at a time. Measure berries into a large sauce pan. Add the fruit pectin and stir well. Bring to full boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar; bring to a full boil and boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off foam. Ladle into clean, hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Seal with lids or paraffin.
A Tip: You can't fail with making berry jam - strawberry or otherwise. If you should under-cook your jam, it will not gel as firmly as you might like, but the "failed" jam is really the world's greatest syrup for pancakes or ice cream.
If there is not time to make your jam the day of picking (or maybe you'd rather not be cooking at all that night), here's a great idea: wash, remove stems, slice and then blend your berries. They won't take up as much space in your freezer, and two cups of blended berries make one jam recipe any time you want "fresh" jam!

Freezer Jam

Ingredients: 2 cups crushed berries (1 quart), 4 cups (1-3/4 lb.) sugar, 3/4 cup water, 1 box powdered fruit pectin
Instructions: Add sugar to fruit and stir well. In a saucepan, boil 3/4 cup water and the fruit pectin for one minute, stirring constantly. Add the hot pectin and water to the fruit and continue stirring 3 minutes. Put in containers and let stand 24 hours. Store in freezer.

Strawberry Bread

Ingredients: 3 eggs, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup salad oil, 1 Tbsp. vanilla, ½ Tsp. baking powder, 2 cups crushed berries, 1 cup quick oats, 2 cups flour, 1 Tbsp. cinnamon, 1 Tsp. baking soda, ½ Tsp. salt
Instructions: Beat eggs and sugar, add oil and vanilla. Mix in flour, oats, cinnamon, soda, salt, and baking powder. Add strawberries and mix well. Pour into two greased and floured 4x8 loaf pans. Bake 1 hour and 350 degrees.

Easy Strawberry Pie

Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 2 Tbsp. corn starch, 2 cups water, 1 small strawberry flavored Jell-O
Instructions: Boil sugar, corn starch and water until thick. Add Jell-O. When it begins to set, pour it over sliced berries that have been arranged in a pre-baked shell. Top with whipped cream.

Frozen Berry Dessert

Ingredients: 1 cup flour, sifted; 1/4 cup brown sugar; ½ cup chopped nuts; ½ cup butter or margarine, melted; 2 egg whites; 1 cup sugar; 2 tbsp. lemon juice; 2 cups fresh strawberries or raspberries OR 2 cups whole frozen strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries; 1 cup whipping cream
Instructions:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Combine flour, sugar, nuts and butter. Pour mixture onto pizza pan or tray and bake 20 minutes. Stir frequently. Remove from oven and save 1/3 of crumb mixture for topping. Spread remaining on bottom of 9' x 13' (22 x 33 cm) pan. Beat egg whites, sugar and lemon juice until stiff peaks form. Whip the cream. Fold whipped cream into egg whites. Fold strawberries or raspberries into mixture. Carefully pour over crumbs. Sprinkle top with remaining crumbs. Freeze 12 hours. Serves 12-15.