Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Strawberry Season

It's finally strawberry picking time in NY! Instead of picking this year (because no one really enjoys it), I decided just to buy the flats and save my energy for processing these beautiful berries! I bought them one at a time and I have just a half flat to go to end the season and finish "putting up" the strawberries. Friday and Saturday we made lots and lots of jam!

Mmmm...fresh farm berries just ripe for action!
Hulled berries ready for duty!

Berries get mashed with a potato masher before getting combined with sugar...4 cups of sugar in case you like to count stuff like that.

E12 likes to make jam and R11 is always willing to help in the kitchen. I have to admit with their help in making the jam, it really cut down my time. We all had a job to do with multiple timers going. Good time!
This jam is ready to jar up!

We made about 20 half pints of strawberry freezer jam.

The remainder of this flat and just about all of the second one were sliced and put in ziploc bags into the freezer. Throughout the year, we pull them out to make fruit smoothies and it is sooooo worth the work! If you've never made freezer jam, there's nothing quite like opening a jar of  jam in the middle of winter and getting a blast of summer time right out of there! The smell takes you right to the of month June. Amazing!


Pop said...

Did ya'll ready Jamberry by Bruce Degen yet? When I pulled it out to read to my 7 year old last month, the 20 year old twins come running - they love this book and we always read it in berry season. Here's a great recipe for freezer jam that takes a little less sugar and you don't have to buy the Certo (expensive!)...FREEZER JAM
3 1/2 c. mashed strawberries
2 1/2 c. sugar
1 (3 oz.) pkg. strawberry Jello

Mix strawberries and sugar, let stand 1/2 hour. Bring mixture to a boil. Boil 5 minutes, stir in the Jello. Put in small jars. Cover. Cool. Freeze. Makes 2 pints.

Heather said...

Thanks Holly!

Melody said...

This looks yummy! I used to make freezer jam a lot, but I haven't done it in years. Your post has inspired me! My daughter is old enough now to really help out with this, and I know it will bring back memories for my son, so we're off to the farmer's market for some strawberries. I use basically the same recipe as you have here. We're going to use some of this to barter with at my daughter's American Girl class too. Thanks for reminding me about it!

Heather said...

That sounds terrific Melody! Enjoy making the memory!

I'd sure like to hear more about the bartering at AG class!


Tracey said...

Those strawberries look delicious! We made peach freezer jam. I bet you know why.