Strawberry jam

I am not sure why I feel the need to can and freeze.  But it gives me great satisfaction.

We went strawberry picking this week.  I have never had great luck with growing my own berries (too many bugs) but there is a wonderful fruit farm near us.

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Mike was the only one that wanted to come picking.

The fields were beautifully tended to.  I had called ahead and they apologized, the berries were getting small and picked over.

I an not sure what they liked looked last week, but they were large and plentiful!

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Does this look picked over?

Mike and I picked for 90 minutes and got 48 quarts!

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Each bucket held just under 5 quarts

Then the jam making began.

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Kids being goofy while slicing the tops off

We ended up with 42 pints of freezer jam.  They will feel like  jars of summer in December.

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We also froze whole berries for  smoothies, loaves of strawberry bread, and had bowls of  fresh berries.  But the jam is my favorite

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3 responses

  1. I am so jealous of your lot!! I really need to pick up the pace and get to making jams and jellies. For some reason I’m scared of it! I need a teacher!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jam is the easiest preservation, I promise! Start with freezer jam, just follow the directions on your pectin. 3 ingredients- fruit, sugar, pectin. It is like a summer day stored in the freezer.

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