It’s strawberry season and when I hear this, I think of homemade jam and the recipes that go back generations. First things first though; go to your local farm and start picking. I suggest you try the odd strawberry along the way to see if they taste fresh (wink, wink). Round up the family, head up to the cottage, divide jobs and conquer. It’s a reason to get together, have some fun, learn the craft and leave at the end of the weekend with a couple of jars of sweet goodness.

I’m not going to give away our top-secret recipe, so make your own – or Google one. It’s worth it. There are many online recipes and how-tos on preserving.

My wife’s family cans their strawberries, so they are preserved and will last a long time. The cans are topped up with wax and sealed shut when dipped in boiling water. If any of the seals break, you’ll have to start eating. Just remember to keep the open jar in the fridge.


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Kyle H.

Kyle H.


Each weekend my wife, baby and I climb into my Chevy Colorado... aka the white sheep… aka the cottage vehicle and drive up to the cottage in hopes to make it up before the sunset or in time for a quick ski or for dinner. We are really hoping to fit in all three! But, if we don't get it all in Friday night, we still have the rest of the weekend to do that plus… play games, BBQ's, see friends and family, campfires, swimming, skating, tobogganing, beers, pranks, boating, cliff jumping, rope swings, water falls, river rides, fire works, relax and so much more! I love the cottage and everything that goes with it.