Book of the Week: Jamberry by Bruce Degen



In my canoeberry
Under the bridge
And over the dam
Looking for berries Berries for jam

They’re off…a boy and an endearing, rhyme-spouting bear, who squires him through a fantastic world of berries. And their adventure comes to a razzamatazz finale under a starberry sky.”

Jamberry is a classic! It’s so fun to read in poem form and it ALWAYS makes me hungry for yummy jam! Lucky for you, I found an easy fix for that craving: strawberry freezer jam! It’s DELICIOUS and so easy to make that it’s the perfect project for a hot summer day! (And you get to eat it afterward…yum)

Strawberry Freezer Jamstrawberry-jam-main


  • 4 cups crushed strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1.59 oz package of Ball Freezer Jam Pectin
  • 1 package Ball Freezer Jam containers (they are small and plastic)


1. Crushing strawberries is a great way for the kids to get involved–just take a few small packages of strawberries, hull them, put them in a bowl and let the kids have at it with wooden spoons, potato mashers or forks.

2. Mix together pectin and sugar in a bowl big enough to hold the strawberries.

3. Add crushed strawberries and stir for 3 minutes.

4. Transfer into freezer jars, twist on lids and allow to sit for 30 minutes.

5. Enjoy immediately or put in freezer (will keep in the freezer for about 6 months and in the fridge for 3 weeks).

And…don’t forget about something to put the jam on! Ice cream, toast, waffles…my favorite is Grands Flaky Layers Biscuits.

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