Saturday it rained non-stop!! John & I did our usual Saturday morning date....gym and breakfast. After he left for work I got busy making homemade jam!
I bought these beauties from the local farm, Holland Bottoms. I gently washed all 10 quarts. Then cut off the caps & stems and divided them into two quart bowls. Fresh strawberries are the best!
I decided to cut about 2 or 3 quarts into 1/2 inch pieces and dehydrate them.
Canning can be very time consuming...everything has to be sterilized to prevent bacteria from growing. I sterilize the jars in my dishwasher.
Here are the strawberries crushed up with the lemon juice and pectin in it; almost at a boil waiting for the sugar.
Here it is with the sugar added and almost at the rolling boil stage.
Here is the finished product! I ended up making 22 half-pint jars and 2 four oz. jars.
Homemade jam is made in small batches, you can not double the recipe, it is full of chunks and bursting with flavor. There is nothing better then homemade preserves on an english muffin or a homemade biscuit.
I will use these dehydrated strawberries in my granola or we will put them in our cereal. They are even good as a small snack. They came out great!
I'm at my happiest when I am in my kitchen! ♥