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July 2, 2011

STRAWBERRIES!

Filed under: Recipes — Karma @ 10:28 am
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This past Wednesday, my younger daughter and I went strawberry picking at a local farm.  I wasn’t sure we’d still be able to pick since I thought the peak season was probably done, but we had no trouble filling this large tray.  I’d say we picked somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 pounds.  It was a great deal – an end of the season special.  They gave us the tray and said fill it as much as we could for $15. 

Beautiful and fresh, there is nothing like a just-picked strawberry:
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By Wednesday night, however, some of those berries were starting to smell not-so-fresh.  Probably one of the dangers of end-of-the-season picking.  I enlisted the help of both my girls, and we set to work “processing.”  I picked through the tray and set aside two containers of the biggest, firmest berries to keep for fresh eating.  Then, we took the rest and hulled and sliced.  I ended up with 3 containers of berries that I needed to decide how to use. 

Last night we had this again, and yesterday I decided to try jam making.  Do you remember when I made grape jelly in the fall?  It was quite the messy and complicated process.  I am happy to report that strawberry jam is much easier!

Mash the berries:
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(5 mashed cups – used up probably 10 fresh cups?)

Add 7 cups of sugar and one box of Sure Jell. Cook to a rolling boil.
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Fill 4 pint jars with wicked hot strawberry goo:
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Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool for 24 hours:
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I think that nifty-fifty lens did a lovely job with the late afternoon light on these jars, didn’t it?

24 hours later will be this afternoon, so I still haven’t tried my jam.  I’ll be happy to provide you with an update later.

  I’ve got one more container of sliced berries in the fridge – I’ve got another strawberry recipe I’m hoping to get to today that should help use some of them up.  I hope that you are enjoying your Fourth of July weekend and eating something delicious too.

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21 Comments »

  1. Looks fantastic! I love the way the sunlight is revealing just a little bit of the jam through the bottom of the jars! My MIL makes strawberry jam every summer, and then freezes some for all of us to share on Christmas morning – we look forward to it every year! There’s nothing like homemade jam!! :)

    Comment by Photo By Holly — July 2, 2011 @ 10:41 am | Reply

    • Gotta love that 50mm lens, right Holly? Canned jam is supposed to last for a year, so I guess I could put a jar aside to have for Christmas!

      Comment by Karma — July 2, 2011 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  2. I made wild plum jelly a few years back (we have a large crop of wild plum bushes). Husband said it was too tart. I liked it that way, but I’m not much of a jelly/jam eater. Now my neighbor picks the plums, makes the jelly and gives us a jar. A great solution!

    Comment by Carol — July 2, 2011 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

    • I’ve never tried a wild plum, but it sounds good! I do love a fresh summer plum.

      Comment by Karma — July 2, 2011 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

  3. Where did you go strawberry picking. I was with my friend Alesia, her hubby, and his brother somewhere in Granby on Friday and they said there were slim pickings. We checked it out and decided it would take too long to find a decent amount of berries so we left. Most of them unfortunately were rotted, and they had two good rows that they were keeping for themselves. Sounds like you all had a lot of fun.

    Comment by Sherry — July 2, 2011 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

    • We went to Meadowbrook Farm in East Longmeadow. Three days ago they had plenty – but you did have to look for them. Sarah and I were down on our hands and knees and we did have to look past plenty of rotted berries. But there were rows and rows available for picking and we got plenty working together down about 3 rows.

      Comment by Karma — July 2, 2011 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  4. There is nothing liike the aroma of fresh strawberries. I can almost smell them and the jam looks wonderful.

    Comment by tedgriffith — July 3, 2011 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

    • Hi there Ted! Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting. I can confirm the jam is wonderful! Had some on English muffins for breakfast this morning.

      Comment by Karma — July 3, 2011 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  5. Oh goodness YUM! This reminds me of my own childhood…

    Comment by plainmama — July 4, 2011 @ 7:21 am | Reply

    • The picking or the jam making? Or both? :-)

      Comment by Karma — July 4, 2011 @ 8:52 am | Reply

  6. The best strawberry in the world is that first one warm from the sun eaten while standing in the field….second best is homemade strawberry jam! YUM!

    Comment by Dawn — July 4, 2011 @ 7:30 am | Reply

    • You know, I think we forgot to eat one in the field, but we did both eat one immediately after getting into the car with our take!

      Comment by Karma — July 4, 2011 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  7. YUM!!!! I wish we had a u-pick strawberry farm near us, the strawberries from the grocery store have been so disappointing this year.
    If you want to make another treat – but I’m warning you, it’s not for those who watch their calories!!! – mash up a pound of strawberries and mix them with a small container of sour cream, add sugar to taste, and enjoy! It’s sooo good! You could use plain yogurt, too, but it’s not the same.. not as smooth as sour cream.

    Comment by thedailyclick — July 4, 2011 @ 9:14 am | Reply

    • They were quite delicious! Your treat sounds intriguing, but wowee on the calories! I actually bought some vanilla yogurt yesterday to mix some up with yesterday – thought maybe some smoothies would be a good way to use some more up.

      Comment by Karma — July 4, 2011 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  8. Those looks so good! We didn’t find the time to pick this year, hopefully we can fit in the blueberries.

    Comment by Becky Sue — July 4, 2011 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

    • They were delicious. But I think everyone might be getting a little berried-out now. I think I will freee what I have left.

      Comment by Karma — July 5, 2011 @ 8:52 am | Reply

  9. This looks soo delicious!! Nothing is better than fresh strawberries :) I really love your blog and so glad I came across it! Hope you’re having a fabulous 4th of July weekend!

    Comment by Kelly — July 4, 2011 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Kelly and thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by Karma — July 5, 2011 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  10. [...] all the strawberries Sarah and I picked last week?  The raspberries in my backyard have been ripening too.  Sarah goes outside faithfully [...]

    Pingback by Mixed Berry Pie « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — July 5, 2011 @ 10:29 am | Reply

  11. Happy time of strawberries, raspberries, bromberries and more. Tes photos sentent très bon, Karen :) quelle tentation de manger ces confitures tout de suite ! J’en prépare aussi en ce moment, framboises et raisinets – redcurrants.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — July 15, 2011 @ 9:41 am | Reply

    • Merci Isa. J’aime toutes sortes de baies.

      Comment by Karma — July 17, 2011 @ 5:32 pm | Reply


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