I love to can and freeze foods. Some see it as more work to be done, I see it as a challenge I am willing to do. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to see all of the rows of jars on the countertop. Also knowing that I am preparing nutritious foods that do not contain high fructrose corn syrup or any other perservative for my children.
We had a good time picking strawberries yesterday. Every year I think to myself, “Why am I doing this?” because it can get a little frazzled at times, but I know that we are creating memories that my children will always remember.
Our adventure included these little facts:
- we were there for 3 hours
- took 3 potty breaks to the van
- 2 snack breaks
- the 3 and 4 year old grew tired of picking and decided to pick the newly planted strawberry plants
- the 3 year old boy, decided to use the bathroom right out in the open field.
- the 2 year old, stumbled twice on the box of picked berries, resulting in smashed ones
- the baby was stained red as he was enjoying eating out of the boxes we had already picked.
- We picked 4 flats of berries, not bad considering we had a 1,2,3,4,6,8,12, and 15 year old
We had a good time, and had a nice fellowship day with another family. We came home and threw in a dvd and watched a show while we hulled the strawberries.
Easy strawberry freezer jam recipe
measure 5 cups of berries into your food processor or blender.
Add 3 cups of raw sugar—that is all we use and find that the taste is sufficient for our family. pulse until mixed
Pour into a large container.
In small saucepan boil 3/4 cups of water and a package of pectin. we use the bulk package so we measure out 1/3 cup of pectin. Boil this for 2 minutes, whisking quite rapidly.
Mix into your pureed strawberry mixture.