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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Project: Strawberry Jam

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For many years, my Mom made strawberry jam in the summer.
I adore this jam....for me it is the perfect compliment to a toasted english muffin with butter.
So, making freezer strawberry jam has become a summer ritual for me now too.
Here are the kids and I as we picked strawberries for jam in 2006.
But now that they have aged to a teenager and an adolescent, I couldn't convince either of them to come pick berries with me!
What's a mom to do?
You get over it and you buy the berries! That's what you do!
I have to say that I am extremely biased when it comes to strawberries.
To me, there is nothing that tastes better than a Nova Scotian strawberry.
I am not fond of those ping pong balls called strawberries in the grocery store during the off season.
And did you know that the #1 importer of Nova Scotia strawberry plants is Florida?
Our berries taste that good!

So here is Mr. Rascal helping to spin the berries dry after a good washing.
 My mentor and best friend.
 Mr. Rascal helping to slice the berries.
 If you have never made freezer strawberry jam is the easiest jam project ever.
This is the perfect BEGINNER project.
If you can mash potatoes and can make this jam!
It consists of washing berries, mashing berries, adding sugar, stirring, adding certo and lemon juice, more stirring and then throwing it into jars.
Just follow the easy directions on the Certo package!

 You are done!
That's all.
 Look...I made 4 batches of jam and 8 bags of berries for my mother's freezer in 3 hours.
And yes, these are coming with me back home to Alberta!
So I can have my toasted-english-muffin-with-butter-and-Nova Scotia-strawberry-jam treat
when it's -40 outside in January!

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Jennifer said...

YUM! I wish strawberries were still in season! LOVE picking and cooking with them!

Tanya said...

I mixed some strawberry freezer jam into frozen Greek yogurt just this afternoon. It's hands down the BEST jam!

Sarah said...

I loved visiting Nova Scotia. I was there for 2 months and saw so much. Makes me a tad nostalgic. Well, at least the kids helped make the jam! I just picked strawberries tonight! I am making some strawberry vinegar and baked a little almond cake to serve with fresh berries and cream. Will probably just freeze the rest for smoothies. I don't eat much jam but freezer jam is the best.

notyet100 said...

Wow thanks for the tutorial

renee jennifer said...

This looks absolutely delicioius, I'm very jealous!

Kellie Collis said...

Those strawberries look delicious! Enjoy the beautiful day, Kellie xx

Barb said...

I love that jam! My husband and I used to make this all the time (we have a huge strawberry patch), but haven't in a couple of years. Now that I see your jam, I am determined. Thanks for inspiring me! (I also can't stand the off season strawberries from the grocery store...they have no taste)

Have a great week.

the cape on the corner said...

looking good! i just love that you used the word jeepers, lol.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Mmm, Angie, looks yummy! I had the same thing happen to me ~ loosing my picking buddies as they got older.

I haven't made strawberry jam in several years. Maybe it's time to make some again.

Thanks for sharing. Maybe you could send a jar my way! ;o)
Have a fabulous weekend.

Michelle said...

I am going to have to try this! What a great family activity!! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower! I would love love love if you would link this up to my Delicately Constructed linky party!
I hope you have a fabulous weekend and I see you around soon!

Sarah, Three Boys said...

Yum! Nothing better than home made strawberry jam. Love and it looks like you had so much fun making it:)

Lise said...

I call dibs on a jar!..hee hee

Nancy said...

Looks like you had a great summer. I love strawberry jam!

Shannon said...

I'm salivating!!! I have wanted to make jam for the last three years in a row, but between babies and renovations, i have put it off!

I wish my mum still made jam :(

Lexi said...

I love LOVE homemade strawberry jam. Yours looks divine!

Good Girl Gone Green said...

I have never tried to make my own jam! But yours looks so yummy. Those fresh strawberries, oh my, i could eat them all now! :)

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