Strawberry Jam....second batch this year!

Discussion in 'Canning' started by kathrynn, May 14, 2013.

  1. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Strawberry Season is finally here!  The ones I got to use yesterday are from a local Strawberry Farm.  I had 6 ----gallon baskets of those beautiful berries.  My Daughter helped me cut about half of them before she went out on a date.  I finally finished about midnight with 9 pint jars of Strawberry Jam....and about 10 pounds that I put in the freezer for later.  Mondays are my days to do huge kitchen stuff...being canning or a smoke-a-thon.


    These are just gorgeous!


    Ready to start cooking down!


    First batch of jars....all popped!


    Here is a close up of the jars!

    Thank you for looking!

    Kat
     
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    That looks awesome and I'm sure tastes even better. I may do some Blackberry Jelly this year not sure yet but looks like there may be a bumper crop of wild blackberries here this year
     
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  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Those look delicious, Kat!  We love fresh jams and preserves, and strawberry is one of my favorites!

    Nice going!

    Red
     
  4. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Blackberry jam is my total favorite!  I am going to do some when the berries come in season here.  Even have my Grandmother's "thingy" (don't know what to call it) to squish the seeds out! [​IMG]

    Kat 
     
  5. sound1

    sound1 Smoking Fanatic

    Everybody need a good thingy[​IMG]
     
  6. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    thingys and doo-bobbies are great inventions!  So are "what cha ma call its"!

    This is what I was talking about!  It's called a Chinois


    Kat
     
  7. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Now, anybody getting a jar of that HAS to appreciate the amount of labor involved. Loads of blackberries here still in the NW and I'm fortunate to have them growing along my front fence line. Strawberries USED to be a major crop here, much grown for Smuckers & the like but, like many things, have been replaced by crops needing less care. I'm planning on some blackberry wine this year...have the jugs & air-locks ready to go. Good job on the jam...it's a very rewarding feeling to be able to do that. I use the old food mill to get out the seeds...makes for a nice smooth consistency.  
     
  8. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I sure would like a jam sammich

    [​IMG]
     
  9. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I could overnight you a jar!  Just sayin'!!!

    Kat
     
  10. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fl
    Looks great!!!

      Craig
     
  11. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fl
    How much sugar in this jam??

    I might trade ya something for some!!!

    [​IMG]

     Craig
     
  12. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great. Ever make crab apple jam? My favorite.
     
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  13. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Very nice Kat!

    Hopefully one of these days I'll get my act together and do some canning also.
     
  14. big dee

    big dee Smoke Blower

    Kat,

    Like always your post's make me drool. I sure wish I had some fresh Strawberry Jam.

    Dennis
     
  15. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That looks great. One of these days I need to get the necessities to Can stuff. Grandma, 22 years gone, would make Grape Jam from any Grapes Grandpa didn't make into Wine. That was the Best. She canned anything else she could get out of their huge garden too...JJ
     
  16. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The recipe is 1 lb of berries to 1.5 cups of sugar.  That is the only ingredients.  Holler at me,,,,we could work it out!  [​IMG]

    Kat
     
  17. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks everyone....I love doing this....simple but good stuff for my family.  AND....a great stress reliever too!  Lots of work...and I love it.

    Kat
     
  18. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow that looks good! I wish we could get good strawberries around here. All we get are those giant half white ones that taste like faintly strawberry flavored styrofoam. If you have a spare jar I'd love to trade you a jar of BBQ sauce for one!
     
  19. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Send me a PM!

    Kat
     
  20. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those look nice, we always make the freezer type strawberry jelly, I don't mind the canning, I do get slightly upset when it doesn't work. I now do mostly zip locks and freezer, wish you were here I could load you up with jelly jars, pints, pint and a half and quart jars. The Dew berries are in here now and looks like a good crop this year.

    I gave my Dad some Dewberry plants about 15 years ago, he planted 'em next to the chainlink fence behind the chicken yard, only like 8 springs. They now own about 20 ft x 100 ft x15 ft, if you get some and plant 'em then make sure its a confined space. Huge concrete walls maybe! They die off a lot due to the arial spraying of the cane fields, but they never go away or quit expanding!

    Back to strawberries, I have started making Strawberry Liqueur. I made 5 gallons this year and 2 are already taken. LOL Simple, easy, tasty, even the church ladies like it (that is where the 2 gallons are going LOL). Takes maybe 3 to 5 months for it to smooth out, but then its really good stuff

    You should try it, its OMG gud! I also made last year peach, pineapple, strawberry, cherry (it wasn't too good), Praline, Butter pecan, Tia Maria, even Bailey's caramel. I just started this stuff last year and as usual went over board. But when you have extra fresh fruit its just too easy. I love a big shot of the peach in a tall glass of sweet tea.

    My hats off to you, those look like some good jelly
     

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