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Strawberry Jam

June 29, 2010

Fridays are the best day of the week.  That is the day I get to stay home with Edward.  Most Fridays are spent running errands or goofing around in our PJs all day, but last Friday we did something special – we picked strawberries.

In a town about 10 minutes north of us, there is a farm where you can pick your own strawberries.  Friday was prime pickin’ season and the price was right ($1.65 per lb.) so we braved the sprinkles that plagued us all day and got to work.

As you can see, we had fun!

When we got home, we quickly set to work turning our collected beauties into yummy jam.  I used this recipe from Kraft.  The best part about this jam is that there is no real “canning” involved!  First, I mashed up the strawberries.

Next, I added sugar and pineapples to the berries while I worked on the Pectin mixture.  Then everything got dumped together before pouring the mixture into jars.  A word of advice…it is not easy to “pour” jam from a mixing bowl into a canning jar.  I would recommend a bowl with a spout.  I would have ended up with 6 jars of jam rather than 5 had I realized this sooner.  After switching to a spouted bowl, the jam was poured into jars and looked like this.

The recipe made 5 half pint jars (again, would have been 6 had I been a little brighter a little earlier in the pouring process).  The jam keeps for 3 weeks in the fridge or a year in the freezer.  The agonizing part of the process was waiting 24 hours to try the jam.

Oh, but the wait was worth it.

In total, it took 30-40 minutes to make the jam plus the 24 hour gel time.  It was really easy & really yum!  I definitely plan on making this an annual tradition in our household.

~ Anne

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike permalink
    June 29, 2010 7:54 am

    We be jammin’

  2. Linda permalink
    June 29, 2010 8:21 am

    Fun memories! He smiles like Steve used to for pix, remember?

  3. steven permalink
    June 29, 2010 8:31 am

    So youre saying Edward smiles like a stud? 🙂

  4. sherry permalink
    June 29, 2010 9:34 am

    Neat memories and pics to back them up in case Edward doesn’t recall this day.

  5. June 29, 2010 10:11 am

    Edward’s smile looks sooo cute. What a happy jam! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Keryl permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:26 am

    So, does this means we should expect homemade jam as holiday gifts this year? 😛

  7. Linda permalink
    June 29, 2010 3:09 pm

    Looks like great berries. Hope Eric will eat on his pnut butter sandwiches.

  8. Lily permalink
    June 30, 2010 8:26 am

    Great photos. We use to go raspberry picking out at Lincoln and then go home and make raspberry angel food cake. Great memories. I am sure Edward will have the same

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