I picked up 10 half flats of strawberries this morning. Before that, I picked up 20 packages of pectin!!
I needed to freeze some berries cut up with sugar, but my primary goal was to make a bunch of jam. This year we ran out in January, I think, and that was way too early. I've been using the same pectin for 25 years, but a couple years ago the company changed their product. I really haven't liked how my jam turned out the last couple years. Yesterday as I was headed to the store, Aimee told me about my sister using a different kind, so I quickly called her. I bought a package to give it a try. (I was in the area of the strawberries yesterday and bought a couple half flats for fresh eating, so I had some berries to make into jam.) I really liked how it turned out and decided to go with something different this year.
Forrest helping out with the pectin.
Tara did lots of stirring.
Yesterday when I made one batch of the jam I didn't think it was any faster than my old kind, but today when we made 20 batches, it went sooo fast! In less than 2 hours we had 59 pints of freezer jam made.
I'm hoping our jam will last til the berries are ready next year but, if not, I did end up freezing some smashed up berries - enough for 12 more pints. I think this jam will go further because the last couple years the jam was so thick, This is juicier and easier to spread.
We froze 6 quarts of whole berries and 13 quarts of cut up and sugared berries, too.
One afternoon and we're all done with our strawberries for the year :) Well, except, we need to buy some more so we can make a couple pies!! I never like to get involved in pie making when I have so many berries to get put up. And then, when I need to make gluten free, too, it's more of a project, so we'll put it off til next week.
I hope you all have a nice week(end) and get some good fresh berries!