This morning the children and I went strawberry picking. The strawberries were plentiful and fun to pick. The children had such fun. Benjamin enjoyed eating the berries, at first he was wanting to help himself from my basket, but then I showed him the berries on the plants, so he started to pick his own.
I thought I would share the recipe and some pictures to go along with it. For jam I use Pomona’s Universail Pectin. It is wonderful to use and you can use as much or as little sugar or honey you want to sweeten the fruit with.
4 c. mashed berries
1/2 – 1c. honey or 3/4 – 2c. sugar
2 t. pectin powder
2 t. calcium water
Prepare calcium water – Put 1/2 t calcium powder and 1/2 c. water and mix well. (This comes with the pectin.)
Prepare fruit. Add calcium water to mashed fruit. Measure sugar or cold/room temperature honey into a separate bowl. Thoroughly mix pectin into the sugar or honey. Bring fruit to boil, add pectin-honey or pectin-sugar and stir vigorously 1 -2 minutes to dissolve pectin. Return to boil and remove from heat. Fill jars, wipe rims clean and put on the lid and rings. Steam can for 10 minutes, remove and let jars cool.
So here are 3 of the 4 baskets we picked, I had wished I had brought more baskets with me,so that we could have picked more! I plan to pick more tomorrow after the girls piano lessons.
Many hands make light work! It wasn’t long until the berries were washed, mashed and ready for the pot.
Here I have the sugar measured out. I like to stir in the pectin in a smaller amount of sugar, then I know it is well mixed.
Filling the jars….
All finished! Sometimes it likes to separate, I’m still trying to figure out why.
Now I’m off to read the Keepers At Home magazine that arrived today in our mailbox!