Thursday, May 15, 2008

Strawberry Jam

Logan and I went strawberry picking yesterday. I forgot to bring the camera, oops. We picked 5 pounds of strawberries for $2 a pound. Seemed like a good deal to me for organic strawberries.

Here are our beautiful strawberries.

We ate a few fresh last night on vanilla ice cream and then made the rest into jam tonight. I had already packed up all my canning supplies, forgetting about strawberries when I did. After searching 8 boxes, I finally found my pot and other supplies. I couldn't find my jars, so I got some of those cute quilted jam jars. I got 11 jars of jams.


We've been out of blackberry jam that I made last year since January, so it is nice to have home made jam again. We ate some of the jam on vanilla ice cream tonight and I have to say it was even better than the fresh strawberries! I use a type of pectin that comes with calcium so you can use a lot less sugar. I only used 3 cups of sugar total for all 11 jars.


I really enjoy canning and I'm glad I got to do it tonight. I find it relaxing and very satisfying. There is nothing like that popping sound.

10 comments:

Wendy said...

Yum! I can't wait until strawberry season starts here.

We've never used pectin for our jam ... but we do use an awful lot of sugar. Hmm? I should rethink my recipe :).

Danielle said...

I was thinking along similar lines, Wendy. Christy, can you share the brand so I can do some research?

Looks yummy! Ours are just starting to ripen here.

farm mom said...

Oh....jealous, so jealous!!

Christy said...

It is called Pomona's Universal Pectin. I'm eating a PB&J with my homemade jam right now. It is delicious!

hillbilly2be said...

I love canning too. Especially the "pop", when you know that the whole season of preparing, planting, growing and harvesting is all bottled up in that jar safely, to be enjoyed when everything is less green.

Those strawberries (and jam) look wonderful.

Ron

Twinville said...

Scrumptious!! I remember strawberry season in South Carolina. It's stoo early here still.
But the thoughts of those strawberries, conjured up by your blog post, are making my mouth water!

So glad you were able to to do one last canning before your house sells....

ga.farmgirl said...

The strawberries and the jam look wonderful.
That sounds like a very good price too.
Have a good day!

Green Bean said...

I love love love strawberry jam and we're on our last jar. I guess I need to dig out the old canning equipment. After eating homemade jam, it's nigh impossible to go back to storebought.

Christy said...

Green Bean - so true! I can't eat store bought jam anymore. Mine is so much better LOL.

Ron - I do love that popping sound!

Chile said...

Wow, that just makes my mouth drool. My grandfather grew a huge strawberry patch when he lived with us. My mom made great jam. I wonder if my sister still has her recipe...