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Strawberry Freezer Jam

From first to fourth grade we lived in a small town with a population just under a thousand people. It was one of those small towns where everyone makes it their business to know everything about everyone else, especially the older people with so much time and so little to do.

We, of course, lived next to one of those people, a sweet little old lady with way too much time on her hands; Mrs. Martens.

During our time in this particular house my Mom tried to plant a row of bushes between our houses for a little privacy, oddly enough, the bushes never grew, my Mom said that she thought Mrs. Martens had poisoned them. Haha, little old ladies . . .

My Grandma lived just down the street from us and years after we had moved from that little town I remember her telling my Mom one day that she would set her alarm for 5am every morning, just to turn her light on, and then went back to bed. If she did not, Mrs. Martens would phone her and ask why she wasn’t awake yet.

Other than potentially poisoning bushes and spying on my Grandma (and probably the rest of the street) I know one other thing Mrs. Martens did: make strawberry jam. The absolute best strawberry jam I had ever tasted. I loved hearing that Mrs. Martens had come by and dropped some off for us. I remember slathering that sticky red jam on buns and after I had eaten every piece I would lick my plate clean so as to not waste that precious jam.

We recently had new neighbors move in and yesterday I prepared a jar of strawberry jam to deliver to them.

It only seems right (but don’t worry, I don’t plan on poisoning any of their bushes).

Do any recipes remind you of neighbors you’ve had in the past?

Strawberry Freezer Jam

  • 4 cups crushed strawberries
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 box Certo
  1. Mix crushed strawberries and sugar in large bowl.

  2. Combine water with Certo in a small pot, bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute stirring constantly.

  3. Stir Certo mixture into fruit mixture and stir well.

  4. Let stand for 5 minutes and stir again.

  5. Scoop into containers and freeze.

Jam can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or kept in the freezer for 6-8 months.

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  1. You brought your neighbour jam?? You’re the nicest person ever and can you move next door to me? This looks amazing and I especially love the bright red colour. Colourful food always tastes better don’t you think!? 🙂

  2. I love the little story you shared about Mrs. Martens… she sounds like quite the character! I pinned this recipe to make after I go strawberry picking soon, it looks amazing 🙂

    PS – Your food photography skills are looking so stellar! They look straight out of a magazine.

  3. You have me drooling for strawberry jam! That looks so good.

    ha ha about your neighbor! Did you ever get to visit with her later in life and tell her your story of how you thought she poisoned the bush?

  4. Oh my gracious, I’m in love with this post. I’ve never even THOUGHT to make my own, but my goodness, how amazing does that look? I am going to have to whip this up soon…I could eat it from the spoon!

  5. Love this! Your pictures are gorgeous and this recipe seems so easy. I’ve been wanting to make my own jam but I thought it was hard! I’m excited to try this 🙂

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