Last Friday we happily took care of #79 on the summer to do list and made freezer jam.
If you haven't tried freezer jam yet then come over...it blows conventional jam away!
My friend Denise explained that when you cook the berries for regular jam it cooks out all the flavor. With freezer jam you just smush up the berries, add a little pectin and a little sugar (& a touch of lemon juice) and voila...the tastiest, most berry tasting jam ever.
(the smushed up strawberries)
We went out to Kruger Farm first.
See all that clover we parked on?
Within two minutes of arrival a super mean bee stung Maya in the leg.
So, so sad.
Thankfully Maya is tough and we were meeting friends so the distraction of seeing said friends and me giving her a bag of cheese crunchies to eat solved the bee-sting-pain problem.
(I'm realizing now that it would be a good idea to carry kids Tylenol around with me in case we're in the middle of nowhere and some pain inducing event happens again)
Sauvie Island Farm)
After the kids ate close to a half flat of berries themselves, we went back to Denise and Nigel's place to turn the rest of it into freezer jam...strawberries are the most tedious because they're dirty and you have to cut all the tops off. It will be a lot faster with blueberries, raspberries, marionberries, etc.
Check out my stash:
At every meal I'm trying to figure out a way to add strawberry jam to it.
It's so, so good!