Five reasons to make freezer jam

I saw this article on NPR that advocated freezer jams for those who are afraid of canning. On one hand, I like the idea. I'm a big advocate of the freezer. On the other hand, this isn't just for those who are afraid of canning. Here are five reasons why I might prefer to make freezer jam over the alternative:

Time Capsules in Your Freezer

I saw these ridiculously-named freezer bags mentioned at The Kitchn, and they got me to thinking.


StillTasty is a potentially useful website that provides guidelines on how long your food will remain good to eat if kept in storage. It contains information on how long things will keep in the pantry, in the refrigerator, and in the freezer. It also contains storage tips.

Unfortunately, it doesn't contain individual citations indicating information sources. The only citation information that I see indicates that the information was gleaned primarily from a variety of U.S. government agencies.

The Beauty Of Frozen Spinach

Image by  Marjon KruikEveryone has a weird pantry staple, something that they inexplicably always have on hand. Me? I always keep a bag of frozen spinach around.

What To Do When You Have Extra Fresh Herbs

Image by Shawn AllenImage by Shawn AllenFresh herbs are wonderful, but you can't always use them before they go bad. Luckily, you have some alternatives.

Frozen Stock Cubes


Over the weekend, I realized that my vegetable scrap box was getting full, so I made some stock.

I also noticed that I had some frozen chicken bones, so I tossed those in and ended up with chicken soup for dinner.

Usually, when I make stock or soup I stash leftovers in freezer safe containers. This time, I reserved some and froze it in an ice cube tray.

Frozen Blueberries for a Healthier You?


Blueberries are generally considered a superfood. According to Kitchen Table Medicine, freezing blueberries increases the bioavailability of the antioxidant proanthocyanin. I'll still take fresh blueberries over frozen when they are available, but this is good news. Frozen blueberries are available year-round and reasonably tasty.


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