Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Back to School Giveaway and Strawberry or Blackberry Freezer Jam Recipe

Almost time for back to school,the summer is just flying by, they go back here in Florida around the 9th of August. So before school is back in full bloom all over the country I thought this is a great time to share with you a new giveaway, in which you could win a $60 gift card to spend however you wish they are featuring dining rooms sets and more than 200 online stores, which feature beach toys, board games, cookware, baby accessories and anything else you think might make your back to school needs more complete. Contest for US only for shipping purposes. So visit CSN Stores and tell me what item you fall in love with!
http://www.csnstores.com/ourstores.asp
And speaking of that shopping spree to go on, you probably want to know how to win the $60 gift card to CSN Stores. All you have to do is comment below with your favorite item on their webpage after you visit their stores for one entry (example I love their kitchen carts and islands and have one that is awesome for cooking and extra space!). You can get an additional entry for each of the following you choose to do: Follow me on Networkblogs, Twitter, Google or follow What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine Blog just hit click follow . Tweet about this giveaway. Or blog about this giveaway. Just leave an additional comment and tell me what you did, with the appropriate link to Twitter or your blog for each entry.

It will be random draw with one winner on August 6th. Be sure to leave an e-mail address so the $60 gift card is directed to the appropriate inbox! I will announce the winner on blog as well so you can leave me the information on there... Good luck and have a safe rest of the summer..... of course my blog wouldn't be done without a back to school recipe ...

Strawberry chunky freezer jam with wonderful fresh flavored fruits that will stay fresh in the freezer around one year! Going back to school, this is perfect for the kids to have a healthier lunch made with love! I love these tiny container for a portable spread, the sandwich doesn't get soggy and they add it last themselves...all the school kids were always jealous with this homemade jam.

Amazing jam that takes no time to make and is always fresh from your freezer! I was so happy to be off the weekend, and catch up on my blogging. I have strawberries, blueberries and blackberries in the fridge. So guess what I have been up to? Last night I decided to finally try blackberry for something different instead of my traditional strawberry flavored or blueberry. My favorite is blackberry jam, but I never tried using them for this recipe, so glad I did!



Either one of these comes out great! But remember this is a chunky fruit jam not a spread or clear, that will make the jam not set if you have too much liquid in this recipe.
I used plastic to freeze this in. I have seen others use glass that always worry me that it will crack and clumsy me would drop it for sure!




Just to make sure everyone knows jam has fruit pieces in it while jelly is a puree, so be sure not to puree your berries when making this. Secondly, it's important to do just one batch at a time, but this recipe will work fine doubled as well. This is worth the time to take and very economical , plus it tastes great and is healthier!

2 cups measured crushed fresh strawberries or crushed blackberries mashed by hand with a potato masher or pulse with seconds to leave chunks of fruit, but remember to re measure after crushing them for a full 2 cups as the liquid makes a difference crushed.
4 cups sugar
1 (1.75 ounce) package dry pectin
3/4 cup water less 2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier orange flavored liqueur ( this is optional the jam is thicker if you omit water or liqueur) I prefer to use the orange liqueur.
Mix crushed strawberries with sugar, and let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, stir the pectin into the water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil for 1 minute. Stir the boiling water into the strawberries. Allow to stand for 3 minutes before pouring into freezer style storage containers. It's just that simple!
Place tops on the containers leave 1/2 inch of head space, and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Place into freezer, and store frozen until ready to use or refrigerate some of this for up to three weeks. This makes around 18 to 24 small 4 oz plastic containers as shown in the first picture above or 4 -12 oz glass or plastic freezing jars/containers.

Freezer jam is meant to be stored in the freezer. In fact, it will keep beautifully in the freezer for up to a year. You can also keep freezer jam in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Once you open a container of jam, you should use it within three weeks as well. Just remember never to keep freezer jam at room temperature, or it will spoil.
Again don't forget to enter for this great giveaway and $60 gift card drawing . Good Luck, spread the word and thank you CSN stores online!~

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29 comments:

Belinda @zomppa said...

I'm in love with blackberries and I bet your jam is ridiculously awesome.

Mami2jcn said...

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Joanne said...

I like the reverse cast iron grill. Yes, I know, it was the first item I saw when I clicked on the site, but I've wanted one for a long time. Could it be an omen?!

As for the jam -delicious.
I have a question - the mint in our yard is growing like blazes.
Anyone have a SUPER recipe for using lots of mint? Maybe a jam? - but I'd like it more sweet than savory. I am going to try a recipe combining the mint and kiwi but I need to use more of our mint than in the one little recipe.

Anyone? Suggestions?

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

With fresh berries in full swing from gardens all over, this is a perfect time for making jams, jellies, and preserves.

Claudia, your jam's look great!

Bon appetit!
CCR
=:~)

Cookin' Canuck said...

These jams are so pretty. There's really nothing better than homemade jam.

Wonderful giveaway! I have had my eye on some Le Creuset baking dishes for quite some time, but have never been able to bring myself to spend the money on them. There they are, taunting me from the pages of the CSN site.

Drick said...

wow, have heard of this type of preserving but never done it - thanks for the recipe...

suburban prep said...

WOW what a site you have here.
I don't know how I stumbled onto it but I like it.
Thank you.

I would love a great item from CSN like the KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.

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Cinnamon Girl said...

One thing I have yet to do is make my own jam even after watching my Mom make hers. Nothing is better than homemade jam with fresh in season berries! Delicious! I really need a crockpot - would get a Rival if I won.

alison said...

we have in romania a great tradition to preserve fruits in the same way,with or without pectin.your jam looks so tempting!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Fantastic photos of some awesome berries. Good luck with your giveaway.

Niveditha said...

Thanks for this giveaway...I would love to get a good sandwich maker thru CSN if I won...

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Niveditha said...

I also subscribe to ur blog thru email!!!

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Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog said...

I can't enter but love to spread the word :) The jam is awesome!

Cheers,

Gera

Jennifer C. said...

So Glad I bumped into your site, I am following you on Networked Blogs, Google and yahoo now! Love all this stuff yum!!

CSN has some really great looking products!!! I think I might be getting a new TV soon and those stands look great!!! Hope I win!!

bunkycooks said...

I have been making these jams all Summer to stock up!

Not sure what I would get, but can always use a kitchen item! :)

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Your jams look gorgeous! I just made jam the very first time about 2 weeks ago and I don't think I want to buy another jar again. I have to try this quicker, easier way now!

Claudia said...

Amazed how early you go back!Isn't it hot? Although i suppose the schools are air-conditioned. I am not here for the give-away. Just stoped by to say Hi. Been a while.

Torviewtoronto said...

Lovely jam

citronetvanille said...

Lovely jams, homemade jam is always the best, and the berry kind is my favorite! This would be perfect for my breakfast toasts tomorrow morning!

Angie's Recipes said...

I love all these fresh berries, esp. the blackbeirres! Gorgeous!

Nicole said...

I really want an ice cream maker!
Your jam is beautiful!

Carla said...

I am still hoping to someday win a spiral vegetable peeler.... my knuckles will thank you

Foodessa said...

It's been quite a while since I've made freezer jams...this brings it all back. So many recipes...so little time.
The jams look wonderful.

I follow you through CES
A panini grill would be nice to have ;o)

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Jennifer C. said...

My Apologies I didn't leave my e-mail.

pollocuisine@gmail.com

Thanks Again!!

Shirley said...

Gorgeous jam!

Brie: Le Grand Fromage said...

the jam looks sweet & delicious!

great giveaway - i could always use some Le Creuset cookware!

JulieD said...

I would love to get flooring.

Julie (at) thelittlekitchen.net