Wild-fruit Freezer Jam
Freezer jam is a great way to prepare excess wild fruit for long-term storage. This basic recipe works with just about any fruit species or type, and doesn’t require a pressure canner.
• 2 ½ cups cleaned fruit (berries work well; try a mixture if you have more
than one type ripe at the same time in your area) • 4 ½ cups white sugar • ¾ cup water • 1 box Sure Jell Fruit Pectin
1. Mix fruit and sugar in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the water and fruit pectin. Bring to a boil for one minute, then remove from heat. Stir the pectin mixture into the fruit. Continue stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.
2. Allow the jam to cool, and spoon into clean plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. Store the jam in the freezer until ready for use. Refrigerate after opening and thawing the jam.
(right) Prickly pear cactus plants are covered with extremely sharp spines. Use tongs to harvest the brightly colored fruit.