Freezer jam is quite possibly the easiest thing in the world to make. No kidding. Making a sandwich involves more skill.
First, I picked the berries. I love the pick-your-own farm just up the road. My bucket was so full that berries kept jumping out. Back home, I sliced off the tops and hulled them. Spread them on a baking sheet and mashed them with a potato masher until they are nice and pulpy.
In another bowl, I mixed sugar and pectin, then mixed in the mashed berries. This mixture gets poured into half-pint jelly jars, leaving a half-inch head space (the jam expands when it freezes). Leave it for thirty minutes and then freeze or refrigerate. That is it. No fancy equipment, no boiling water--I didn't even turn the stove on. (Specific measurements are listed on the pectin container; I used Ball Instant Pectin).
I gave a jar, along with a loaf of homemade Victorian Milk Bread, to my committee members as a thank you for helping with my dissertation.
We kept several jars for ourselves, and Jordan has been eating it straight out of the jar with a spoon. I prefer mine on toast. It is so delicious and tastes nothing like store-bought strawberry jam--it actually tastes like strawberries, even after it has been frozen. We tried some last night on croissant bread pudding that I made with some very stale croissants: shazam.
Whole new possibilities have opened up: blueberry jam, blackberry jam, peach jam, quince jam. Forget ice cream and frozen peas. Our freezer will be stocked with jam!