Free time has been practically non-existent this week with the twins at our house. I took a personal day from work yesterday so we went on the Great Strawberry Hunt to get strawberries for jam.
Our Spring came early this year as did the flowers and early summer fruits like strawberries. It took some time to find fresh local berries but we were finally successful.
We used the recipe from the Sure-Jell box for freezer jam. First the quart of berries were cleaned. Then the twins used potato mashers to “kill” the berries and sample them as well. They took turns adding the four cups of sugar and stirring it in. I “cooked” the Sure-Jell (pectin) with 3/4 cup of water on the stove. I poured the hot solution over the sugary berries and they stirred it. And stirred it. And stirred it.
Here’s the only photo from the Jam Session with them stirring everything together:
They really like licking the spoons and bowl when we were finished. In fact they wanted to drink the jam. Don’t worry Mom, they didn’t.
This recipe was just the right amount to do with children. We made 5 1/2 jars of freezer jam. I have enough berries to make another batch. Maybe tonight. Or not.