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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

Ingredients

  • 4 cups crushed strawberries
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 box Certo

Instructions

  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.

Recipe Notes

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

Linking up with Elah TreeSweet Lavender Bake Shoppe and Good Food Fridays and Oh Simple Thoughts.

28 Comments

  1. Chelsea June 27, 2014

    This seems simple enough that I may be able to make it! So excited to try it!


    • It really is Chelsea, I was kind of shocked, I thought it making jam should be a really hard process but it really wasn’t!


  2. Ursula June 27, 2014

    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!? 🙂


    • I definitely did bring it to them! I’m thinking I should make this a tradition with all new neighbors, so if we ever move out by you I’ll bring some over. 🙂


  3. Christina Main June 27, 2014

    OK 1. I loved the story behind this!!! Like, LOVED! and 2. I LOVE me some goooooood jam! This looks great! Thanks for linking up!


  4. Amy Hodgdon June 27, 2014

    I LOVE this photography! This recipe sounds amazing!


  5. Caitlin June 27, 2014

    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.


  6. Beka Johnson June 27, 2014

    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?


  7. Rachel Walker July 9, 2014

    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!


    • It is honestly, SO easy! And you are right, it does taste amazing straight from the spoon (not that I’ve tried that or anything . . . okay, yes I have).


  8. Kaitlin Rose July 9, 2014

    I love freezer jam but have never made it! So excited to try it!!


  9. Martha Kate Stratton July 9, 2014

    My grandmother always had freezer jam at her house from her best friend. I’ll definitely have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing this!!


  10. Lindsey Prescott July 9, 2014

    Who doesn’t like jam?!! LOVE IT! Can’t wait to try! 🙂


  11. Felecia Efriann July 9, 2014

    I always wanted to learn how to make jam! it so vibrant red, excited to make this!


    • It was one thing I always wanted to do too, I really loved how easy it was (it almost seemed wrong for it to taste so good with so little effort).


  12. Becca Davis July 9, 2014

    I love the color of this jam…it looks so tasty!


  13. Natasha Red July 10, 2014

    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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