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Pictured: Strawberry-Lemon Marmalade.

I had a bunch of strawberries recently and thought of canning them whole but got discouraged by reports that they lose color and flavor that way, so ended up making more strawberry-lemon marmalade. If you haven’t tried this recipe yet, you must! It’s my favorite preserve, hands down, and everyone loves to get it for gifts. The lemon pieces in it taste like candy. Get the recipe here.


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! And I’m giving away THREE books today!! Today’s three-book Ball Blue Book giveaway is sponsored by Janet Boivin “in honor of the family canners and the cellars they kept well-stocked for many years for their large families in Roane County.” Those wonderful women were her mother, Mae Epling Rowe, grandmother, Lula Drake Epling, and great-grandmother, Eliza Lewis Rowe.

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. Three winners will be drawn by random comment number to receive a Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (July 14). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (July 15). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn.

Find out more about the Ball Blue Book Project and become a sponsor.

UPDATE 07/15/10: The winning comment numbers, drawn by, is #19 Tracey In Paradise,Pa., #47 jan~n~tn, and #105 Laura. Email me at CITRgiveaways(at) with your full name and address for shipping!



  1. tabbimama says:

    Good Deal, I’d love a BBB! Thanks Suzanne for all you do.

  2. LeAnn says:

    Strawberry-Lemon Marmalade sounds delish! BBB please.

  3. Pat says:

    That Marmalade is on my to do list!

  4. joanne says:

    you have inspired me to start canning and making some lovely jams and marmalades…yum. I would love to have a BBB to get me started and give me advice. mmmmmm, strawberry-lemon marm…

  5. Michelle says:

    Oh this sounds so good! I need to get my stuff together and start canning! :eating:

  6. Debbie in Memphis says:

    I’d love to win!! Pick me, please, random number chooser. Thank you, Janet, Mae, Lula, Eliza, and Suzanne!!

  7. SkippyMom says:

    Please enter me in the drawing too! [And I thought I had missed my neices birthday when you wrote “tonight, midnight, July 15” I checked the calendar and whew – you mean tonight, but when the clock ticks over to the 15th.


  8. Kathy in KY says:

    BBB – please! pick me, random number-chooser! Thanks to all of the canners from yesteryear. Take care from KY.

  9. Smiledarlin says:

    I have strawberries that I need to can or preserve… I think I will try this recipe… I sure would Love to have this book! thanks for the chance.

  10. Maureen says:

    I would love to win the BBB!

  11. Laura B. in Greenwod, IN says:

    Strawberry-lemon marmalade sounds great! BBB

  12. diana sullivan says:

    :fairy: book book book big ball blue book! please!

  13. K says:

    Definitely gonna give that marmalade a whirl next time I have lemons!


  14. Celia Allen says:

    :sheep: I would love to get my name picked for one of the BBB.
    Would appreciate it very much! Thanks!

    Mrs. Turkey

  15. Kathy in FL says:

    i”d love a BBB!

  16. ~jackie says:

    Your jam sounds delish! I really x 3 want a BBB. πŸ™‚

  17. Tracey In Paradise,Pa. says:

    yummmmmmo!! canned for the first time this year…PICK ME BBB!!

  18. Karen Green says:

    I would love to win. BBB BBB BBB :sun:

  19. northcountrygirl says:

    I add a small amount of lemon juice to my strawberry jam. Makes it tangy and really accents the sweet taste of the strawberries. BBB

  20. Connie of Ohio says:

    The strawberry season came and went so quickly this year. I would love to be selected for the BBB.

  21. Kat says:

    Tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, and everything else is ready to start canning salsa and all kinds of other wonderful things! Pick me, puuuuuuurty please!

  22. Glenie says:

    Would love the BBB. I canned Fig perserves and Condensed tomato soup yesterday. It’s looking good.

  23. Denise :) says:

    I would love one! Count me in, please! πŸ™‚

  24. Mary from Baton Rouge says:

    The recipe looks yummy! Consider me for the BBB.

  25. Denise :) says:

    I would love one! Consider me, please! πŸ™‚

  26. kellyb says:

    Janet what a wonderful tribut to your family members. Suzanne, I’d love to receive a BBB.

  27. Stephanie says:

    Kellyb took the words right out of my mouth. Thank you Janet! BBB please πŸ™‚

  28. Connie says:

    I’d LOVE to win one!

  29. ayenbe says:

    I am new to canning and would love to win a book! There are so many new things I want to try! πŸ™‚

  30. Amy says:

    BBB please – canning season is coming!!!!

  31. beth Brown says:

    Please include me in the BBB giveaway! I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

    Beth aka oneoldgoat

  32. Nikki says:

    I am ready to can!! would love the new book


    Thank you,

  33. Teri says:

    I’d love to win a BBB!

  34. Jackie C says:

    :happyflower: Please a BBB for me.

  35. Betty says:

    I love your blog and look forward to reading it daily. BBB.

  36. Amy says:

    Ohhhh that marmalade looks wonderful! Will have to try during strawberry season next year. BBB please:-))

  37. mommafox says:

    Bet Janet and her family could write a book of their own, but until then,would love the BBB.

  38. Bonnie says:

    BBB! I made some strawberry preserves this summer and could not get them to thicken enough. I followed the directions exactly. Maybe I should try yours and see if I can do better.

  39. Stephanie S. says:

    I would love to have a BBB – canning season is upon us, after all! :shimmy:

  40. Linda C. says:

    My old BBB is worn and well used. Would love to have a new BBB

  41. ataylor says:

    I would love to have a chance at one of those BBB’s please!

  42. Rachel says:

    I would love a BBB! I just found your blog and am loving it so far. I’ve always dreamed of having a hobby farm and maybe learning to can things will be my first step!

  43. jan~n~tn says:

    The marmalade looks SCRUMPTIOUS. BBB me.

  44. Julia says:

    am continuing to learn about “putting up” for the future. I have a friend who would love to give the BBB to.

  45. Heidi says:

    I can’t wait to make that marmalade. It sounds divine. (BBB)

  46. Rebecca V. says:

    Ooo, that sounds so good! Gotta try it. BBB, please.

  47. Melinda says:

    I broke down and bought my own last week but it’s a GREAT resource!

  48. Carol says:

    I am new to canning:) I live in Michigan and times are really bad here. I know they are bad all over. Just lost my job and I was thinking the best way to save money is canning. I would love the Ball book. I am sure it would be a great help to me along with your website.
    I also LOVE your website. My daughter found it for me. I love how you make stuff from scratch. I am going to try your recipe for the strawberry jam. It look so good.
    Thank you,

  49. 22angel says:

    Sounds yummy! BBB please!

  50. sueallie says:

    BBB need it

  51. Rossann says:

    bbb for me please!

  52. Rose H says:

    Please enter me into the BBB draw. Thank you.

  53. Linda T. says:

    I’d love a chance to win. Thanks!

  54. KentuckyFarmGirl says:

    BBB for me please!
    I’ve made cherry, blackberry, plum, pineapple and strawberry jelly/jam so far this year.

  55. Sarah says:

    I would love to win one! I am just getting started canning. BBB

  56. Melissa says:

    Yes! BBB your strawberry lemon marmalade sounds delicious!

  57. Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm says:

    Oooo! That strawberry lemon sound fabulous! I will have to try it.
    I make strawberry banana freezer jam that is very good.

    I would love a BBB canning book!

  58. Drucillajoy says:

    That marmelade sounds delicious…I might have to make that….& I’d love a chance to win a new BBB please ~ thank you

  59. Kristen A says:

    I have recently found your site when I was looking for a funnel cake recipe (phenomenal BTW! Thank you Georgia). I have to say I am now addicted. I can’t seem to get enough of your articles. Plus, my husband is going to love you for all of the fantastic recipes. I have always intended to can and have started our first garden this year. Please put me in the drawing for the BBB. That may just be the inspiration I need. Thank you for sharing your life and your wonderful writing with the rest of us. I look forward to devouring the rest of your site and many future posts.

  60. Shannon J says:

    Please enter me for a BBB. Our garden is doing fantastic this year…must be all the cow manure! πŸ™‚

  61. Senta Sandberg says:

    I just love how jams and jelly’s look in the jars they are so pretty. And a person feels so accomplished after you are done too. BBB

  62. Mim says:

    enter me…..I have canned greenbeans so far this year & made dill pickles & bread & butter pickles. Just waiting on the tomatoes & peppers.. :pawprint:

  63. BrendaE says:

    I’d love to have a BBB. I’m gonna give that marmalade a twirl also. Sounds really yummy.

  64. Cyndi B. says:

    I just saw a link to cheesecake cookies…oh my!
    BBB please!

  65. Sunday Rain says:

    Yum!! BBB

  66. CrystalGB says:

    I definitely want the BBB. I have been canning chow chow, green beans and corn relish.

  67. Cindy Serry says:

    That jam sounds delish! I’ve been looking for a teacher gift, and I think, thanks to you, I may have just found it! BBB please!

  68. Meg says:

    I hope I’m doing this right and my comment appears!! Thank you for always giving me something to read that makes me SMILE! It is a highlight in my day. Please put me in the pot to possibly win the BBB. Blessings to you!!

  69. geena22 says:

    you should freeze strawberries:) BBB Please

  70. Sal S. says:

    Sounds just like something a novice to canning (me) could use! Love to have BBB to get started. Thanks for the contest! Sal

  71. Amber says:

    would love to have the bbb. gonna try that recipe!

  72. E. A. Filip says:

    Awesome to have the books in memory of… love it! BBB Please! :happyflower:

  73. Terri Draeger says:

    Have got to try that strawberry-lemon recipe—looks & sounds yummy!
    BBB please!

  74. Raeann says:

    Just recently found your blog and I am smitten! I have been doing my share of canning, and would love to be entered into your giveaway ~ BBB!
    Thanks so much!

  75. AA says:

    I made jelly a few years ago with a friend. Maybe it’s time I branched off on my own. Or I could call her and bring my recipe! And my new book when I win!

  76. June McWhirt says:

    My grandmother’s homemade strawberry preserves on her homemade bread are one of my favorite childhood memories. BBB please.

  77. Betsy R. says:

    BBB please. I am ready to start canning tomatoes any day now!

  78. Carol Campbell says:

    could just almost taste that marmalade on a toasted English muffin this morning….mmmmmmm…….but not gonna happen unless I get busy! BBB!!!!!

  79. Lindy says:

    I would love this book. I have never canned anything in my life – scared of it. Lindy

  80. pdelainey says:

    BBB please :clover:

  81. Gini says:

    I’d love a BBB!

  82. Kirsten S. says:

    I’d love a chance to win the BBB book! Love your blog!

  83. Sarah says:

    Glad canning season is finally here! BBB

  84. Chelai says:

    I’m interested in trying this out. BBB

  85. ladychef says:

    BBB please! Thank you so much to Janet Boivin for sponsoring. And always to you Suzanne!

  86. Marianne G says:

    Thanks Suzanne and Janet! BBB

  87. Kerry says:

    Thanks for the opportunity! BBB!

  88. marymac says:

    Getting ready to start canning , could use the BBB.

  89. Joy says:

    Would love to win a Ball Blue Book. I remember years ago in my Grandmothers Victorian House, when they added an indoor bathroom and screened porch. The bathroom part was a huge room and one wall was a pantry for her canning, floor to ceiling. Loved to look in there and see what seemed like hundreds of bright colored jars of food.

  90. Grace says:

    My mother always canned strawberries. She put them whole in the hot jars, added boiling water, put the lid on the canner and wrapped the whole thing in a comforter. She let them sit like that til she heard them pop and knew they were sealed. They were good!

  91. Debbie says:

    Please enter me in your BBB drawing. I’m already in the process of getting my supplies together for my canning adventure this summer. Thank you.

  92. Melanie says:

    BBB please! Thanks.

  93. Sherry says:

    Me too Suzanne! I need some new ideas…

  94. Julie says:

    I am SO SO happy to have found your blog! I am loving the name of it, and all the great photos! I would love to be in the drawing for the BBB book!

  95. Nancy says:

    Sounds YUMMY! Count me in… BBB :duck:

  96. Granny B says:

    I would like to have a BBB. Thank you.

  97. Kathie says:

    Gee I have never won anything before. BBB

  98. Richelle says:

    Okay, one more try… yes, I would love to receive the book!

  99. The Library Lady says:

    BBB. I really want some of that marmalade too. For some reason I want some homemade biscuits now or maybe some toast, or a muffin (English) or a bagel. I know you understand

    The Library Lady

  100. Bonnie says:

    Would love the BBB book! You inspire me to try all the things you do.

  101. Banana says:

    Your blog is awesome and I look forward to reading it each morning! I would love to win a BBB!

  102. Heather from NC says:

    That sounds delish! Two of my favorite flavors together. I’d love a BBB!

  103. Kelly Markham says:

    Please enter me in the drawing BBB

  104. bethann says:

    I would love a BBB! Thanks for the opportunity Suzanne!

  105. Shirley says:

    I enjoy your recipes. This one looks great. I would love to be in the drawing for the Ball Blue Book. We are beginning to do some canning as our vegetables are producing more than what we can eat daily now.

  106. bethann says:

    ohhhhhh….I hate to ask a stupid cooking question, but how do you best thinly slice the lemon peel and more importantly how do you chop pulp? Do you put it in a food processor?
    Thanks for helping me!

  107. Kathy G says:

    The strawberry-lemon marmalade sounds delicious! I would love a copy of the BBB! Thanks!

  108. Lynette says:

    Would love a BBB book ~ Thanks for the chance!

  109. Sharri Cadigan says:

    As always a winning combo of fruits for the jam. Your blog, is always the first thing I read when I sign on everyday.
    I rescued a kitten last November (right before I was laid off, from my job of sixteen years)…and his name is Casper. I so loved it when Morgan picked that name for the new puppy.
    Please add my name in the hat for a BBB.
    Thank you, Sharri

  110. claudia w says:

    I’m still wishing for that BBB…Big Beautiful Book! Ha Ha
    Thanks for the offer!

  111. Brenda says:

    I need to kick the kids and hubby out the door and can something exotic too. Love the blog. BBB please.

  112. Mokihana says:

    I would LOVE to win the Ball Blue Book! My old one gave up the ghost due to a lot of hard use. I’m going to try your preserves, too! thank you!

  113. Barbie says:

    Sure could use the BBB for all the produce that is growing in my garden!

  114. Miss Becky says:

    you know Suzanne, I’ve canned strawberries, after people telling me that they lose color and flavor and I was not unhappy with the outcome I got. They were still very red and yummy. I suggest that you try it at least once and see if you find it to be true. On the other hand, your strawberry lemon marmalade looks beautiful and delicious. :yes: :yes: :yes: BBB please!!!

  115. Megan says:

    oh please, oh please, oh please, I need need need the B B B!!!

  116. farmershae says:

    BBB me, BBB me, BBB me (eyes closed, clicking ruby heels together…)

  117. Waynette Stone says:

    I love your website. I was searching for recipes using cushaw squash and found your pie recipe. I have several bushels of cushaw’s I got out of my garden. I love canning my veggies and making jellies. I’d love the BBB.

    Waynette Stone

  118. Lindsey says:

    OOOh – I’d love a book. I definitely have a large family, and know next to nothing about canning. BBB

  119. Sarah says:

    BBB – I love that strawberry-lemon marmalade too!

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