strawberries and jam
We made it to the farm for fresh picked strawberries earlier this week before the rain came in. Just before the season has ended too. Then we got to making jam. Of course I was a little late in my thinking and as I went looking for a canning kit they were nowhere to be found, except online, and I needed one ASAP. So I did a little research and found freezer jam recipes. All I need was sugar and pectin. But then as I went to the store and really looked at the pectin I decided I did not want all the added ingredients. Really, I just wanted fresh berries mushed up that would last for a bit. More research and I discovered there is a natural fruit pectin you can use.(Thanks Rachel) Thankfully my natural food store carried it.
So we spent an afternoon making jam. The boys helped hull and mash, mix and stir. It came out great.
We used strawberries, honey and fruit pectin. There were recipes in the pectin box that were helpful and easy to follow along. As the summer goes on and we pick more fruit I will hopefully get a canning kit because our freezer is not that big.
We are loving the jam though.