28 jars of strawberry jam made for my family. In one day I preserved nearly half of the jam my family will eat in the next year. And just think, there’s still blueberry jam, raspberry jam, apricot jam, and apple butter yet to be made.
Hoods. The sweetest of the local strawberries. These were non organic, $13 a half flat. I got 4 half flats, or two flats. In the end I froze two smallish zip top bags of strawberries. 28 jars of jam was enough, and I finished the whole process by 6 and made dinner, which I thought was amazing.
Anyway, back to the beginning of the day…
A little french toast, coffee, and if you’re a baby, squash, helps power you through the process. As does the help of an efficient and nimble fingered 11 year old. My stepdaughter helped to top many a strawberry for the jam.
Listening to The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill while we work.
By late morning all of the strawberries had been topped and were ready to be washed.
Here they are all laid out on (homemade) cloths, rinsed and drying.
Heating up the canner ahead of time so we don’t have to wait for it later on.
Here you can see it is 1:35pm. The canner is heating, the fruit is prepped, my jars were sanitizing in the dish washer, and my kitchen was clean. This was the most prepared I have been for a canning session since River was born. One other time I was very prepared, but a large part of that was that my husband cleaned the kitchen that time. This time I did it all by myself. Can you tell I feel proud?
My friend got here at 2 and we got to work. Here we are simultaneously stirring our separate batches of jam. Mine is in the back and her’s is up front. The difference in color between our batches was really amazing once the foam was removed.
3:13pm and we were canning. Filling jars and boiling them. Canning.
We each did two batches. I did two triple batches and she did two single batches. My household eats a lot more jam than does hers. We each made our own preferred recipe.
By about 6 o’clock we were done. I had canned 28 jars of strawberry jam, enough of that variety for our year’s supply. I even managed to throw together a simple spaghetti dinner for my family and sit on the front stoop for a quiet minute with my friend. It was a good day.