Wednesday, June 4, 2014

So many strawberries...

The little one and I headed down yonder to Grandma & Grandpa's house yesterday. While we didn't help Grandma out much in her studio (Grandpa had already beat us to it!), we did all go together to the local berry stand to see what was available.
This is what was available:
 Mom/Grandma went for the fresh picked mere hours ago berries, where I opted for the more economical, but required immediate processing berries picked Monday morning. After enjoying lunch and visiting time, we headed home to get this going:
 Washin', squashin', and gettin' jammin'

 Last but not least, a jam spoon to be cleaned!
 Even Happy-Bunny gets in on the strawberry action:
All told, the little monkey and I ate at least 3 pints ourselves, and I've got a batch of  "fancy jam" -Strawberry Lavender cooking on the stove now. This will be the first time I've used fresh herbs from our garden in jam, as well as making jam without pectin. It is a lengthier process than I normally entail.
But, I'm very much enjoying the new canning tools, and amazing canning cookbooks I received as a Christmas gift.  They will be getting a lot of use.
Next up: "Fancy Jam 2" -Strawberries with Thai Herbs. Stay tuned.

Happy crafting!

1 comment:

  1. That poor little girl...she got the hard job of cleaning the sticky old spoon! The jam sounds nummy, and the berries look delicious, too.


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