Sunday, May 16, 2010

Strawberry Madness

I've always loved strawberries. When I was little my dad planted a strawberry patch in our garden just for me.  It is strawberry season around here, so a friend and I went a pickin this week. We headed out to Critzers Family Farm in Afton. It was a great day for picking because it was cool and misty, always better than hot and buggy. When you're picking with a friend the time can really fly because you're picking and talking and next thing you know you've filled two flats of strawberries!
I came right home to start canning. It's a really rewarding process once you've done it a couple of times. I was a bit ambitious and got through three batches. Those three batches only used up one flat of strawberries!
I made regular strawberry jam, strawberry balsamic jam and strawberry sauce. I ended up with 18 jars.
Now what to do with the rest.....
Well I gave some bowls away to neighbors, then I made strawberry ice cream and went looking for some more fresh rhubarb. I made a strawberry rhubard pie last week and the family loved it and wanted another one.

We were so indulgent we had strawberry rhubard pie with strawberry icecream topped with strawberry sauce. I highly reccomend buying up some local rhubarb and making a pie or a crumble. The tart and the sweet together is incredible.
I love the unusual ones. Get pickin!


  1. I have been looking for a good strawberry jam recipe, where did you get yours?

  2. You can start by trying the recipe that comes in the box of pectin. There are also some nice detailed recipes and instructions on the internet. Just google around. Once I knew I wanted to can a lot I bought a wonderful book, Complete Book of Home Preserving, which has a great variety of recipes. The library has some books on canning too.

  3. Great, I should get canning before the strawberries are gone. Thank you Scott!