All the warm weather we have been having lately has made my strawberries produce like crazy ~ over 12 pounds so far & more on the way. I think that's a lot, considering the strawberry bed is only about 5'x3'. Monday I picked 6 pounds of sun ripened berries & decided the best thing to do would be to make some homemade strawberry jam. So, I bought some pectin, got out my freezer baggies (it's so much easier to make freezer jam instead of regular canned jam) & got to work. I always follow the directions on the pectin box for making freezer jam, it's so quick & easy to do.
I ended up making enough strawberry jam to share some with friends & our new next door neighbors (welcome to the neighborhood!). There will be plenty of homemade jam for our toast, J's lunches & some pretty interesting dessert recipes I've found. I just love strawberry harvest time, don't you?
|There is something about homemade jam, made from berries that you grow yourself, that's just so special...|
|Mixing all the ingredients together ~ it's so cool to watch the jam start to setup, still amazes me when it does that...|
|Using my vintage aluminum canning funnel makes it easy to get the jam into the baggies...|
|Some to eat right away, some to freeze & some to give away...|
|Breakfast toast & jam never tasted so good. :)|