- 1 bag (16 ounces) frozen whole strawberries or mixed berries
- ⅓ to ½ cup sugar (depending on the sweetness of the fruit)
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- Whole grain sandwich bread
- Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 14 min
Makes: 1 ½ cups of jam
"Beary" Good Berry Jam!
These sweet sandwiches are simple to make. The only thing you need for your homemade jam is fruit, sugar, and love.
Step 1: Things You'll Need
Gather these ingredients to make Baby Bear's Strawberry Jam Sammies.
Step 2: Strawberry Goodness
Stir together the strawberries and sugar in a 2 quart microwavable measuring cup or casserole dish. Microwave uncovered on HIGH for 2 minutes.
Step 3: Stir and Cook
Stir and cut the large berries into small pieces. Add the lemon juice and stir. Return to the microwave and cook 5 minutes.
Step 4: Stir Again
Stir and return mixture to the microwave and cook 5 more minutes. Watch the mixture and stir again once or twice, if needed, to prevent the jam from boiling over.
Step 5: Test It Out
To test the thickness of the jam, put a spoonful on a small saucer and place it in the freezer for a minute. This is about how thick your jam will be when cooled. If you want thicker jam, microwave 2 to 4 more minutes, stirring as necessary.
Step 6: Cool It
Allow the jam to cool. Pour it into storage containers. Jam will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer up to 4 months.
Little Hands Tip: Talk about why the jam will keep longer in the freezer.
Step 7: Make Fun Shapes
When jam is completely cooled, make the sammies. Put slices of bread on a cutting board. Cut shapes from the bread using assorted cookie cutters.
Little Hands Tip: Name the shapes as you cut them out.
Step 8: Spread It On
Spread the jam on the bread shapes.
Little Hands Tip: Count each shape as you add the jam.
Step 9: Your Little Bear Will Think It's Berry, Berry Good!
Enjoy this yummy snack anytime! Try making the jam from blueberries or raspberries, too.
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