Day 3 of the canning is spent with my girlfriend and her Nonie – canning strawberries. My friend has a daughter that is Ryder’s age- so they played and Saige crawled around while we cooked 3 big stock pots of strawberries.
These were some of the sweetest strawberries ever! I got 1/2 a flat from the Friday farmer’s market and the other 2 flats from the local strawberry farm (they aren’t certified organic- but they do not spray or use pesticides). I never buy conventionally grown berries of any kind because they are the ones that farms use the most pesticides with and it just goes directly into them- there is no protective skin (not that the skin keeps the chemicals from getting in).
We had a lot of fun- canning is definately a process to be shared with others. It’s a lot of work- even when working together- but it’s more fun when there is someone to chat with.
Unfortunately, the jam didn’t set right- so it’s more like a sauce. I am going to re-work this batch. I might save a couple jars as sauce- I actually have been using one of the jars on waffles and in my cream of wheat- which is super yummy. I think it would be great over pancakes and ice cream too. But I would really like jam too. So this weekend I will try re-working it to get a more firm consistency.
Last night I started jarring up the pears. The Bartlet’s are really ready- if I waited any longer they wouldn’t be good. The Bosc are perfect. I peeled and quartered 4 big jars worth and then my hand couldn’t take it any longer (cramping). So I will finish the rest tonight. (as you can see above I already busted into the second from the left jar- oh so yummy!!!)
So let’s see, I guess pears were day 4 so next is apple sauce for day 5. I am borrowing my friends peeler/corer- so hopefully I will get that this week so I can start this weekend. The gravenstein apples are ready!
Phew, this is a lot of work- but I just keep reminding myself of the rewards. I do look forward to doing this when the kids are older and they can help. It will be good bonding time. Ryder was actually helping with the pears- he would drop them in the lemon water where they waited before jarring up.
We only boiled over the strawberries 2 times- so I’m getting better!