A Strawberry Sunday Funday
Last Sunday, my mom and I went strawberry picking! This time of year, the strawberry fields in Plant City, FL (about 45 minutes away) open their fields for people to come and pick their own berries. Sure, I could just go to Publix or a farmers market and get fresh strawberries, but let me tell you… there is NOTHING like a strawberry picked right off the plant! They are SO juicy and sweet. We went to Spivey Farms and the berries were plentiful!
We ran into Pam and her family there! Can you guess which photos in the collage above were taken by her? We ended up leaving with 15 pints EACH and it only costs us $7.50 (50 cents a pint!) what a steal! We ate some, froze some, but turned most of them into jam 🙂 We made a girls day out of it, invited my grandma over and jammed away! It’s actually not as hard to make as you’d think. You wash and cut up the berries, boil them with sugar and pectin, sanitize jars, fill jars, put the lids on and try not to eat too much in the process!
See the “foam” on top of the boiling berries? Well, it looks better in the jar if you scoop that off before filling the jars and guess where it all ended up?! IN MY BELLY! It’s like strawberry mousse almost. So good.
Ingredients: 6 cups mashed strawberries (about 8 cups cut up berries), 4 cups sugar, 1 pkg pectin (we used the sure jell for less sugar added)
Recipe: Wash, cut and mash berries. Put into large pot. Mix sugar and pectin. Set aside 1/4 cup sugar mix and add the rest to the berries. Mix sugar and berries and bring to a boil slowly- don’t set it on the highest setting, use medium-high heat. Once it comes to a rolling boil (meaning you can’t stir the boil away) add the remaining 1/4c cup sugar mix and bring to a boil for one minute. Be careful, depending on your pot size the jam mix splatter out! Let the “jam” sit for 5 minutes. Stir to get any pieces/chunks that settle mixed back through and spoon or use a funnel to fill your jars!
To sanitize the jars, we just ran them through a sanitize cycle in the dishwasher and boiled the lids. If you don’t plan on making a lot and think you’ll go through it quickly, don’t worry too much about getting a seal with the lids… that’s mainly if you’re going to keep them in the pantry for a few months or giving them as gifts. If done correctly, though, you can hear the lids POP! and they are good to go.
We made 4 pots of jam and ended up with this much ^^^ After everything was clean, I asked my mom where my long container was? She said she hadn’t seen it. Holy Moly. I left two huge containers in my car! We ended up making one more huge jar and one more medium jar and still had enough left over to send grandma home with a gallon sized bag of berries. I can’t express how good this stuff is, but with all that sweetness, we needed something crunchy and salty…
Yes my friends, I FINALLY tried the chicken and waffles flavored chips. When Lays did it’s original flavor contest, I tried the sriracha and cheesy bread ones but could never find these. The verdict? They were OK. They tasted better as you ate more. Kind of salty and a bit sweet. They reminded me of stuffing with apples in it. While they were good, I probably wouldn’t buy them again and they reminded me of why I always buy baked chips… SO Greasy! Of all three, I think I liked the Cheesy Garlic Bread ones best.
Have you ever made your own jam?
Have you tried any of the above named chips?