I loved the Beatles as a teenager -- still do! How can we forget those psychedelic lyrics! Whenever strawberry season is on, I find myself humming those lyrics to myself frequently. This year while humming them I decided to make strawberry freezer jam!
Our local grower has these wonderful, just picked, washed and cleaned buckets of strawberries, which really makes the job go fast! The few extra dollars we spend on this is well worth the extra time gained for sewing or fly fishing or working in the garden.
It's so simple that I decided to show you. I buy these packets of no cook freezer jam. All you do is add a cup and a half of sugar.
Whisk together the sugar and jam mix.
Crush enough strawberries to make four cups. I use my trusty, years old potato masher, but I suppose you could also do this in your food processor. If you're using the potato masher, a flat bottom bowl makes it much easier.
Stir the crushed strawberries into the sugar and pectin mix and continue stirring for 3 minutes.
Ladle the jam into clean jars, place lids on and freeze for up to a year. It also keeps in the fridge for about 3 weeks. I got five, half-pint jars from one package and repeated this twice more for 15 jars!
Some of you have emailed and asked about Sophie and Sugar. This has been Sophie's cocoon for some time now. Not only does she like to be covered with her baby blanket, she is sleeping on top of a heated bed! Our old girl really knows how to live! I suspect her old bones feel really good with all the heat.
This is Sugar in the mornings outside. Notice how the white hair on her face forms a pyramid? She and I are on again and off again buddies. If I do anything like brush her or wipe her eyes, she hides from me for days and we have to start the trust process all over again! She's gotten very territorial with the yard, though, so we're sure she considers us as her permanent home now.
Next post I'll actually have a quilt finish to show you!