Monday, June 14, 2010

On to the Strawberries!

Sorry I haven't been on lately.  After completing all the rhubarb for the season, we went on vacation for 2 weeks to Washington (to read up on that go to my Airstream blog.)  Here in WI it is strawberry season, and we've learned if you don't get out and pick right away, you miss the season altogether and have to pay higher prices than usual in the stores.

We went picking for an hour one day, and brought back 23 pounds for our jam.  I haven't made jam for two years because we had made so much two years ago that we didn't need anymore.  I do realize that you should only keep home-canned items for one year, but hey, who can bear to waste all that hard work and money?  I watch it carefully for any signs of not looking good, and have had very good luck with things staying good for longer than a year.

Aren't they beauties! Well, once you pick the strawberries, you are committed to getting them taken care of right away. (I don't know what I was thinking, obviously me nesting at 8 months pregnant has overcome my sense practicallity on this one!) Well, we ended up making 36 jars of Strawberry Jam (yes probably enough for the next two years), 7 jars of strawberry sauce, and 3 jars of strawberry/ rhubarb sauce. I still had some rhubarb left in my own garden after all that rhubarb!For those of you looking for the recipe for the jam, I use the one that comes in the package from Sure-Jell.  I figured there was no use sharing that since you'll need Sure-Jell anyway!

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  1. Beautiful strawberries! I wish I could make some jam now.

  2. Your jam will taste so much better than store bought!!!

  3. Incredible. I love homemade jams and the berry jams are my favorite. Yours look fabulous!

  4. I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog, and I have given you the 'Versatile Blogger Award'!

  5. Just became a new follower and so glad I found your blog (: I'll be back often for future posts.

    Those strawberries look incredible! One of my faves!!


  6. Just stopping by to say hi. :) I made a whole bunch of freezer jam. My gracious neighbor gave me free reign to all his rhubarb. I made a deal with him. I get it, he gets Strawberry Rhubarb jam. We are both happy this way. Imade Kiwi Strawberry jam for the first time ever. Mmm very good, but turned out runny. The one to fly out of the house the fastest was my Raspberry Blackberry, though. I heart summer and all of it's bounties. Hope you are hanging in there with everything. Don't forget to put your feet up or your ankles may explode.



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