Friday, May 27, 2011
A Berry Productive Day
We were finally able to can strawberry jam yesterday. We have been trying since the beginning of May but between broken bones, tornadoes, no power, camping, business trips, and life in general we almost missed strawberry season.
We were able to get 20 quarts picked that morning. Over the past few years we realized that strawberry jam is our family's favorite so this year instead of doing batches of strawberry, then blueberry, and blackberry we would just one large batch of strawberry.
Maggie was very helpful this year and spent most of the morning cutting the stems off the strawberries. Emma wasn't feeling very well so she spent most of her time in the yard with Papa. We started around 10AM and finished up around 3 with only a short break for some homemade soup for lunch.
We canned almost all 20 quarts of fresh berries but did save a tray full to flash freeze for smoothies later. The berries were so fresh and so good. A good portion went into our mouths while cutting and some hot jam/syrup went over some cold vanilla ice cream.
We were blessed with a cloudy cool day. Canning can sure heat up a kitchen. We were not diligent in eating all the apple butter, applesauce, and pie filling we canned last fall. Since we were running low on jelly jars, we used pint jars and a few quart jars. And the way we eat jam around here it's much easier to have bigger containers. : )
Last year's Strawberry Canning