Yes, it's the time where butterflies start to pop out, gardens are on everyone's mind and strawberry season is here in the South! So much yummy delicious flavor packed into a red berry and so many ways to eat it. I think it's one of the most versatile berries out there. Ice creams, jams, muffins, toppings, syrup, in cereal etc...
This is the time where we clean out our fridge from the left over frozen strawberry's of last years harvest. They will soon be replaced with a bountiful crop of fresh U-pick berries from a local farm near by. We have tried to grow our own in the past but it seems that our local squirrel population really hates us! Our kids love picking the berries! It seems that for every 2 that go in the bucket one ends up in their little belly's. :)
Our favorite thing to do with last years frozen harvest is to make jelly, jam or ice cream topping. I will list a few easy steps on how you can do this with a few simple tools from your kitchen.
Step 1 - Pick the berries! (or use your left over freezer harvest)
Step 2 - Wash the jars and lids
Step 3 -Wash and hull the fruit!
Step 4 - Crush the fruit
Step 5 - Measure out the sugar
Step 6 - Mix the berries with the pectin and cook to a full boil
Step 7 - Get the lids warming in hot (but not boiling) water
Step 8 - Add the remaining sugar and bring to a boil again for 1 minute
Step 9 - Skim any excessive foam
Step 10 - Testing for "jell" (thickness)
step 11 - Optional: Let stand for 5 minutes and stir completely
Step 12 - Fill the jars and put the lid and rings on
Step 13 - Process the jars in the boiling water bath
Step 14 - Remove and cool the jars - Done!
Above is just a short step by step process. For a more detailed view on how to do jelly's, jams etc... Please visit the reference site I have given below. It's a fantastic food storage and prep website.