This is what Cheyenne's teacher and bus driver ended up getting for end-of-year presents. I didn't remember about needing presents until 8:30 last night, so I ran to Wal-Mart and bought two lunch bag cooler and two cold packs. Then, this morning, I wrote a card for them, stuck it in a ziploc bag so it wouldn't get wet from the condensation off the jam, and gave them each a jar of the freezer jam. I didn't think it was half-bad for completely last minute panic!
Strawberry Freezer Jam
2 pts. Strawberries (about 3 cups)
1 pkg. Sure-Jell
4 cups sugar
¾ cup water
Crush the strawberries and measure exactly 2 cups of crushed berries. Mix the 4 cups of sugar thoroughly into the berries. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir ¾ cup water and the Sure-Jell together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir pectin mixture into berry/sugar mixture. Stir constantly until sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy, about three minutes.
Pour into prepared containers (1 to 2 cup plastic or glass containers with tight-fitting lids), leaving ½ inch space at the top for expansion during freezing. Cover. Let sit at room temperature for 24 hours, until set. Refrigerate for 3 weeks, or store in freezer for up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator.
I won't buy jam from the store anymore-- this is way too easy, and way too yummy, to eat anything else.