Friday, May 16, 2008

strawberry jammin'

for those of you who aren't acquainted with strawberry shortcake dvds, the title of this post comes from a song in one of the episodes. so, i would just like for you to know that as i write this post, i am singing that lovely little tune. on wednesday, i took the kids to a strawberry farm with my friend, karin. we had a wonderful time and i am looking forward to taking the kids to some more you-pick farms in the area.
as a child my parents made jelly and preserves from various fruits. but, as an adult, i have never tried to make any. karin's post about making jam inspired me and i decided to learn how to make it myself. so, after leaving the farm, and a quick stop for the necessary supplies (jars, tongs, etc.), we returned home to make jam. here are the strawberries waiting in the sink to be washed. one of the benefits of picking the berries yourself is that you get all good berries and none that you have to throw out.
strawberries all cleaned and cut and waiting to be mashed...
jam-making in progress...
and the finished product...
i am so thrilled that it turned out. and all of the jars sealed! i put away twelve pints of jam, kept some out for snacking, saved some for strawberry cake that i am going to make for janelle's birthday using erica's recipe, and froze a quart for smoothies. whew. i have been up to my elbows in strawberries. and i have loved every minute. i am already thinking about canning more things. maybe pickles next?

14 comments:

GardenGoose said...

oh yum, yum,yum. I absolutely love strawberries. the pictures look wonderful.
hope you have a great weekend.
stop by and join the drawing over at my blog. Tina

madrekarin said...

The jam looks divine! There is nothing better than standing back and seeing glistening jars of jam and knowing that you made them. Here's to many happy PB and strawberry jam sandwiches!
Anytime you want to pick, give me a call. Blueberries will be coming soon. :)I had a lovely time with you and your children.

katie said...

Where is the strawberry farm? I'd love to take the girls to do that. There is nothing better than homemade strawberry jam.

asti said...

That looks SO good. Our local pick your own has been washed out by rain two years running..hope this years better. Send me a 'virtual' pot eh ?!!

sulu-design said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Amy! I'm so glad to have found yours here. Sorry I can respond to your question through e-mail... the dress was from Anthropolgie, on sale. Have a lovely weekend.

Elizabeth said...

What an amazing end result. How fun to pick them and then produce such loveliness!!!

jen said...

I found you through my friend Katie P. I love your blog!

Can I ask where you found the farm? I've been trying to find one of these to take my girls to...

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

I am just drooling over that jam!!!!!! Looks so wonderfully good! Great job!

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Cora

Linnea said...

I LOVE jam! I have always wanted to make it, yours looks so good!
We are going strawberry picking next week, it is so fun! Strawberries are one think I wouldn't mind being up to my elbows in, especially since it is usually laundry!

Colleen said...

Oh, you're so lucky! The strawberries around here won't be ready to pick for at least another month. Homemade strawberry jam is one of my favorite things to eat and to make. We ran out of last years' months ago.

sewnancy said...

this is going to be very soon
my strawberries are coming!
love to hear more about your jam making

Stephanie Breuner said...

have you heard of this book:
The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving: Over 300 Recipes to Use Year-Round (Paperback)

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Small-Batch-Preserving-Year-Round/dp/1554072565/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211398100&sr=8-1

I haven't used it, but I have it in my Amazon wishlist.

Cindy said...

I'm laughing because Danny is jealous of you...not because of this jam. But because so many people comment on your blog. Will you please take us to pick something? Maybe if he tries to can something, people will comment! It will be even better if he wears an apron! Seriously, please post about where you will be picking. I would love to take the kids.

Bitterbetty said...

maybe next week!!!!
Oh please oh please oh please. I want to make jam like you!

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