Ok so this is a little late ! This was supposed to automatically post in June but hmmmmmm something didn’t work! so enjoy!
Strawberries are ready to pick! Yeah! Yummy dreams of jam making, strawberry shortcake, strawberry leomonade & strawberry crisp,mmmmmmm…
So I went strawberry picking in my favorite patch in Central New York: Hencle’s Berry Patch with my middle son, Cory. (Who is not so little anymore!! But we spent some mom/son time together) www.henclesberrypatch.com I have been picking strawberries there for 25 years. Love the spot and love that they allow children into the fields. When my kids were little I dragged them along with me, along with several other children from the neighborhood.
They would pick a few strawberries and they just bide their time until mom was done. This usually consisted of collecting rocks in the strawberry bucket until it was full, then throwing the rocks at your brother until he screamed. This child was set in the car for a time out. The next son would be picking flowers or drawing in the dirt when he would be stung by a bee. He would be given a cold drink and set in the car, away from the first son, until I was done. It was usually the children who weren’t mine that actually appreciated the activity of picking strawberries!
We would all go home hot, tired, and dirty. But I was happy I got all the strawberries I needed for another year of jam, pies, lemonade and just plain eating!
Tired of making the same old jams I began making some specialty jams Champagne Strawberry has been a favorite in the past so I did this again. But Strawberry Balsamic Jam is a new one this year. Having discovered infused balsamic vinegars while in Kansas City this year! www.tasefulolive.com The addition of strawberry balsamic vinegar enhances the strawberry flavor deeply giving it a much richer flavor and but not sweeter. Here is the recipe:
Strawberry Balsamic Jam8 cups of strawberries, washed and hulled 5 cups sugar 1/2 tsp. unsalted butter 5 T. Balsamic Vinegar (check out the strawberry balsamic at www.tastefulolive.com or www.folivers.com ) Boil the strawberries & sugar in a deep soup pot. Stir until dissolved, being careful not the burn on the bottom. Bring to boil and then add the butter. The butter keeps the foam volume low. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 40 minutes. Stir in the vinegar. Can in jars using a hot water bath.
But my best one yet this year is the Strawberry Lemonade jam. Just a little taste of lemon in the jam creates this soft, refreshing flavor. here’s the recipe for this:
Strawberry Lemonade Jam8 cups of strawberries, washed and hulled 10 cups of sugar 1 lemon, zest from the peel and slice it for the jam 2 pkg. of Certo pectin Bring the strawberries, sugar, lemon zest and slices to a boil. Boil for 30 minutes. Add the Certo. Boil for a full boil for 5 minutes. Put in jars and can with a hot water bath method. Enjoy!
A great year of strawberries again!