I'm in the process of making some preserves. I've already combined my fruit, lemon juice, and sugar. Can I freeze it at this point without losing any integrity of the fruit, and process for jam at a later time?
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Cathy is a food preserving expert and author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving.
I've frozen fruit in sugar and lemon juice (I do this with peach slices. It's like a peachy popsicle in January.) I've never turned it into jam, but can't imagine why this would be a problem? Make sure to include any syrup/juice that collects after the fruit defrosts and use that in the jamming, too.
Thanks, Cathy. I agree with what you say. Totally makes sense. In theory, the sugar and lemon juice should help preserve the fruit during the freezing process and help prevent any large frozen crystals from forming.