Today called for some strawberry picking! It has been quite rainy these past couple days but we finally got a sunny break today. I now have strawberries coming out of my ears! 15 pounds later, we have this…
Delicious looking, right? Yeah, I thought so too. And then I tried one…It appears that they soaked up a lot of rain! They taste like water!! Not too pleased with that! They may just need to ripen more but they are not very sweet and the flavor is just watered down. 😦 They looked so good too!
Rather than let them go to waste I decided to make some jam. Hopefully it won’t be watered down too! The four cups of sugar should help. 🙂 Definitely not healthy but quite good. My mom used to make it every summer and freeze it. We use the quick and easy method where you don’t cook the fruit so it tastes very fresh even after freezing. I just used the recipe in the box of Sure-Jell.
Quick and Easy Strawberry Jam
- 2 cups crushed strawberries
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 packet Sure-Jell fruit pectin
- 3/4 cup water
*Make sure to measure your ingredients exactly (use a knife to level the sugar).
Combine the crushed strawberries and sugar. Mix well. Set aside for 10 minutes. Stir the packet of Sure-Jell into 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow to boil for one minute, stir constantly.
Pour the Sure-Jell mixture into the strawberries and sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy, about three minutes. Pour into plastic containers; cover. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator for up to three weeks or freeze extra containers. Thaw in refrigerator. Makes about 5 containers (1 cup each).
My helper! The husband is home for a couple of days and will then be driving back out to MN (note the road trip essentials on the counter :)). Prayers for his dad and our family would be greatly appreciated!
And here’s a picture of our garden! Going strong! The tall plants in the back are potatoes!! Not sure what’s going on with them…hmm.