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.
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!
(5 mashed cups – used up probably 10 fresh cups?)
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.