|This is what 13 and a half |
pounds of strawberries looks like.
I loves me some strawberries!
I loves going out to Harvold's Berry Farm every June and picking a whole bunch and making them into all sorts of nummy things!
This year I took the boyfriend's daughter with me and put her to work toiling in the hot sun! Ok, I wasn't quite that cruel, but I did threaten to throw slugs at her...
But those tiny tween fingers picked 12 lbs of strawberries on their own! So in total today I came home with 25 POUNDS of strawberries. For get this... TWENTY-FIVE BUCKS!!
Now I know you are saying, "Holey strawberry shortcakes, Angelina! What are you going to do with 25 pounds of strawberries?!"
|my cool hulling tool.. |
an old grapefruit spoon
First thing I did when I got home was wash and hull 12 pounds of strawberries. I spread them out on wax paper covered baking sheets and they in the freezer as we speak. Once they are frozen solid I will separate them into gallon ZipLoc freezer baggies and those babies will keep me in smoothies and cold snacks for months!
Next I took 5 lbs and made Strawberry-Lemon Jam. A new recipe from a book my boyfriend's mother gave me for Xmas. Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff. There are quite a few interesting recipes in there so I can't wait to give it a try this harvest season!
Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry
I will go into more detail in a separate post on how to can strawberries as opposed to making jam!
I still have some strawberry jam left from last year, 3 pints, and those go to the front of the shelf to be used first. I don't use pectin in my jam and last years batch was a bit runny, but it is awesome over pancakes and ice cream so it goes pretty quick.
Lastly, I have about 3 lbs of strawberries to send home with Trinity for her and her mother, for all her hard work at the strawberry patch and there will be a few for dessert tonight!