book pick: jamberry.

One of our favorite books is Jamberry by Bruce Degan. C wants to crawl into the pages of the book and live there forever. Berries as far as the eye can see. It’s an absolute classic children’s book and if you haven’t read it, go check it out from the library right now. Simple, sweet, great illustrations.

by: Bruce Degen

And speaking of Jamberry, I’m up to my neck in strawberry jam right now. Harvesting for the winter like a little squirrel. Homemade strawberry jam on a grey Winter day is one of the happiest simple pleasures in my life.

Here’s my recipe for really really easy strawberry freezer jam:

2 cups mashed strawberries
2 cups sugar
1 pkg. pectin
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Step 1: Use a potato masher to smash strawberries. You can use a blender, but I like chunks of strawberries in my jam. It’s about a pound of strawberries per recipe, but when I’m making big batches like I’m doing right now I always double it.

Step 2: In a separate bowl, measure out your sugar.

Step 3: Mix pectin and lemon juice together in a {separate} bowl & mix well. Let sit at least 3 minutes so the pectin dissolves completely.

Step 4: Measure {exactly} 2 cups of strawberries and pour mixture into the sugar. Stir well. Let sit about 10 minutes, stirring periodically.

Step 5: Add pectin mixture to strawberry/sugar mixture. Mix well. Once everything is sufficiently combined, pour into containers. I use square plastic containers with lids. They stack well in the freezer and are very easy to store once the jam is gone.

Step 6: Let jam set for 24 hours at room temperature. Once jam has set, freeze. Voila! Strawberry jam. Yum city.

{photo via flickr}.

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  1. happyathome :

    I am going to have to get the Jamberry Jam book, looks super cute and all my daughter says right now is “Bloooooooooooooooo” for blueberry. Thanks for the recipe, this year I missed out on making strawberry and raspberry jam. I am going to go for the pepper jelly! Stay tuned for that!

  2. Belinda :

    This sounds like something I could try my hand at – thanks!

  3. KJ :

    I also recommend the Giant Jam Sandwich, if it’s still in print. Love it!