Tuesday, June 22, 2010

From Field to Can!

On Saturday we went and picked a huge bucket of fresh strawberries. I found on one of my favorite blogs an easy recipe for strawberry jam and thought I would try my hand at it. We kept a few around to eat on ice cream, shortcake, and right out of the bowl! Fresh strawberries don't last long around this house though so I had to make the jam quick!

Here is a very small portion of what we picked all clean and cut:

It took me for-EVER to mash up all of the strawberries. I meant to buy a potato masher at the store but got all the way home before I realized I forgot it. That would have made this whole process a lot easier! I didn't even take a picture of the huge amount of sugar that I had to add because I don't think anybody would eat it. Here are all the strawberries, sugar, and surjell mixed together and ready to be canned!

These three are all ready for the fourth of July! Those lucky enough to join the Iron Gate celebration just might get one of these!

These two are my favorites! I know that it's just strawberry jam (and super easy to make) but I still had to make it look adorable!

This is how much two batches makes. It's all a frozen now but should be more than enough to last us for the whole year and lots to give away!

I followed the directions from Sarah at the Thrifty Decor Chick but it also follows very closely to the directions on the surjell box.

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