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    No Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam

    I’m excited to share with you one of my all-time favourite strawberry jam recipe. This was something I not only grew up eating, but grew up making every summer with my mom! It was a tradition in our home and I’m glad to say that it’s stood the test of time and something I carry on with my own kids!

    Just about anyone who tries the jam ALWAYS asks for the recipe, to which I always sheepishly laugh and say “It’s from a a package!” If you’ve ever watched the show “Friends” you will likely remember the scene where Monica is desperately trying to recreate the Phoebe’s grandmother’s cookies, which Phoebe was sworn to secrecy to never tell. When Phoebe decides to give it to Monica, they realize that the recipe was lost in the fire and so Monica spends the day trying to recreate the cookies with dozens and dozens of cookie batches.

    When Monica is exhausted from all the baking and wants to give up, she desperately asks Phoebe if there’s maybe a relative of her moms that might have the recipe, to which Phoebe replies that it came from her French grandmother “Nestle Toulouse.” And that’s when the hilarity ensues, when Monica realizes that Phoebe’s mom had lied to her and the recipe actually came from the back of a Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip bag!

    While I’ve never lied to anyone that our strawberry jam is from some fancy French descendants, it does often make me laugh that this coveted jam of ours comes from the back of a packet of gelling powder!

    Because it’s such a delicious and easy jam to make, and because I’m asked so often how we make it, I thought I’d share with you how it’s done! While we do follow the recipe on the package, we’ve done some tweaking and made it a bit more our own over the years!

    You can watch the Youtube video on how I made and I’ll put the recipe card below for you to save and have quick reference.

    One thing to note, I do find these gelling packages a little hard to find. I’ve had luck at Superstore and Metro and I also noticed you can buy them on Amazon, which now that I know that, I’ll just be ordering them next year rather than hunting them down!

    You can also make this jam with any berries – raspberries are delicious (my Mom’s favourite) with it. We’ve also done peaches with it too in the past which are pretty good too!

    No Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam

    The best strawberry jam you can find and made in less than 30 minutes with zero cooking involved!

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups strawberries, roughly chopped heaping cups
    • 1.5 cups white sugar
    • 1 packet Clubhouse Garden Fare Gelling Powder

    Instructions

    • 1. Rinse strawberries thoroughly in a colander
      2. Roughly cut 4 heaping cups of strawberries
      3. Using a potato masher, gently mash the strawberries 
      4. Add in sugar, stir gently and let sit for 15 minutes
      5. Slowly add in gelling powder while continuously stirring for 3 minutes
      6. Let sit for 5 minutes
      7. Stir for 1 final minute
      8. Store in mason jars, leaving 1 inch space at the top

    Notes

    Jam can be stored in the refrigerator for a few weeks and up to a year in the freezer

    Enjoy friends!

    Love & Blessings,

    Christine

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