There's Brittany picking out a box of berries.
Mmmmm! Don't they look delicious!
It's so fun to go out to the country to get fresh berries!
Oh how I wish you could smell them!
We bought three flats.
Oh ya, we have one more quick thing to do before we start making jam...
....we had to stop and set out our chairs to reserve our spots for the 4th of July parade tomorrow! This is what all the locals do for the parade and if you don't save your seats, you won't get a good seat! We set them up in a shady spot so we will be nice and comfortable while watching the parade. Okay, now we'll head back home and start making the jam!
The first thing we did when we got home was fill the sink with water and rinsed all the berries.
We washed every single one of them and pulled off all the stems.
I think they look so pretty floating in the water!
Now they are all clean and de-stemmed.
We had a lot of berries!
The next step is to mash them up.
This takes lots of elbow grease.
We worked so hard, we decided to take a lunch break!
We had a great lunch!
Now it's back to work!
First you take 2 cups of mashed strawberries and add 4 cups of sugar.
You need to make sure your measurements are exact!
Stir the sugar until it's completely dissolved.
Make sure you mix it very well.
After it's completely mixed, let it stand for ten minutes.
We had a production line going and made four bowls at a time.
After ten minutes this is how it looks.
The next step is to add one 1.5 oz package of pectin. I prefer Sure Jell pectin because it is so easy to work with. I've tried other brands and this is the best.
Once the water comes to a boil add the pectin all at once and stir.
Continue to stir it constantly for one minute.
Add pectin mix to the fruit and sugar mixture.
Stir constantly until sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy, about three minutes.
Pour the jam into prepared containers leaving 1/2 inch space at top for expansion during freezing then put the lids on.
Let the jars stand at room temperature for 24 hours until set.
Wow, they turned out beautifully! These jars may be stored in the freezer for up to one year. Our family goes through about one large jar a month, so we froze 12 quarts for my house and Brittany took home about 6 quarts. We also made small jars for both of us to give away as gifts next Christmas.
There is something so satisfying about canning jam, it makes me feel like a vintage housewife! It was so much fun making jam with Brittany; we had a great day! I love her so much; she is the best daughter-in-law! Making jam is fun and easy and it tastes so very good!
"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks." Proverbs 31:17