We picked strawberries at the Carlsbad Strawberry Fields this past weekend. We came home and made freezer jam with the precious fruit the kids picked. The kids love to give home-made gifts, and can't wait to share some jam with their favorite teachers. I printed up some of the pictures I took while we were there and created photo cards. The kids wrote their messages on the back. This year, their "Teacher Appreciation" gift will have a truly personal feel. They are very excited to take the jam to school, and loved having been such a big part of the whole process!
RINSE clean plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.
CRUSH strawberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. Measure exactly 3-1/4 cups crushed strawberries into large bowl. Stir in lemon juice. Stir in pectin; let stand 30 min., stirring every 5 min. Stir in corn syrup. Gradually add sugar, stirring until well blended. Stir an additional 3 min. or until sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy. (A few sugar crystals may remain.)
FILL all containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.