Rhubarb is one of the easiest things to grow in your garden; in fact, it is harder to get rid of than it is to grow! Our rhubarb plant came from a friend who wanted to be rid of hers. So, off I went one day to her house to dig it up and bring it home! A score in my books! Since then, we always have an abundance of rhubarb during the gardening months and way too much at the end of the season. This recipe is a great way to use that rhubarb in your garden that always goes to waste or to use up the leftovers that you froze from last year!
People often think that making jam needs to be a day long event that a) makes a giant mess of your kitchen and leaves a sink full of dishes and b) is done in large batches of 25 jars that, 6 months later, you are begging people to take from you. This is an easy recipe for freezer jam that you can make in an hour in the evening and have the next morning on your toast! And it just makes 3 jars so you can move onto a new kind in a couple of months!
Strawberry Rhubarb ‘no sugar’ Freezer Jam
3 cups fresh or frozen rhubarb
2 cups frozen strawberries (or really ripe fresh ones!)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp Truvia (stevia)
2 Tbsp “Low or No Sugar” Pectin (I used Ball brand – you MUST use a low or no sugar pectin or your jam will not set!)
3 small freezer glass or plastic jars
Cut up rhubarb and strawberries (if fresh) and add to a medium non-stick saucepan. Cook on low heat until the liquid starts to come out of the fruit. Gradually increase temperature, stirring pretty frequently to avoid burning. Gradually stir in pectin and then bring mixture to a full roiling boil. Stir constantly to avoid splatter. Once boiling hard, add stevia and return to a boil. Boil hard for one minute, then remove from heat.
Pour into clean freezer jars (do not need to be sterilized) and leave out on counter until mostly cooled. Place one jar in refrigerator for use the next day and the other jars in the freezer for later use. Always thaw jars from the freezer in the fridge. Lasts 3 weeks in the fridge and up to a year in the freezer (but it will NOT actually last that long because it is too yummy!). Makes 3 small freezer jars.
The Mad Radish says: Homemade jam makes great gifts but you had better double the recipe or you won’t want to give any away!
The Snobby Wasabi says: This jam is the best on fresh lemon scones; Charles makes the BEST scones.