Pineapple Freezer Jam is a fun and tropical twist on your every day jam. Sweet, with a bright and fresh pineapple flavor, this jam is made on the stove top in minutes and will keep in the freezer for a year.
If you’re a fan of pineapple, you’ll love this freezer jam recipe. Not only is it quick and easy, but that fresh, light, and tart pineapple flavor is the perfect addition to your next breakfast.
All you’ll need for this recipe is one pineapple, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and water. Cornstarch is used to thicken the jam without having to purchase a special ingredient like pectin.
What is freezer jam?
So what exactly is freezer jam, and how is it different than regular jam? Freezer jam is stored in the freezer, instead of on the shelf in your pantry or in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to use it, your jam can be transferred to the refrigerator and will last for a few weeks. But, it has a much shorter shelf life than traditional canned jams or store bought jams.
You may be thinking, “why make freezer jam?” The benefit of freezer jam is that it’s incredibly easy to make, requires no boiling or equipment like traditional canning, and takes much less time.
Freezer jam is made in just a few minutes, with fresh, seasonal fruits. Your jam retains that fresh fruit flavor, even after months in the freezer.
I keep several jars in the freezer at a time, so we can enjoy the fresh flavor of seasonal fruits all year long. I rotate a jar into the refrigerator as we finish the previous jar, so we always have fresh jam on hand.
If you don’t eat a lot of toast, there are still many uses for jam. Top pancakes, waffles, or french toast with a spoonful of jam. Jam can also be used as an ice cream topping, instead of the traditional hot fudge or whipped cream.
Love making yogurt parfaits? Try your next cup of yogurt with a dollop of pineapple jam stirred in. Make your own “fruit on the bottom” yogurt using plain greek yogurt and homemade jam for a healthier breakfast.
I’ve even tossed a spoonful of jam into smoothies before blending, to add an extra layer of fresh fruit flavor.
You can also shake jam into cocktails, top a plate of warmed brie with jam for a tasty appetizer, or add it to your next batch of No Churn Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream.
How do you enjoy your jam? Let us know in the comments below!
Pineapple Freezer Jam
- 1 pineapple peeled and cored
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (juice from one lemon)
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Using a box grater, grate pineapple into small pieces. Optionally, chop with a knife.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, add grated pineapple, granulated sugar, water, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low.
- Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture has reduced slightly. The jam should thickly coat the back of a spoon (and will continue to thicken as it cools).
- Remove from heat, transfer to jars, and allow to cool completely before adding lids. Store for up to 1 year in freezer, or up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
More jam recipes
- Raspberry Freezer Jam
- Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam
- Strawberry Jam Frozen Yogurt Popsicles – use your jam to make popsicles!