The boys (daddy too) and I went strawberry pickin' yesterday for Father's Day. We go to the most beautiful place - Scantic Valley Farm in Somers, CT. The views that they have there while you are picking are amazing!
One thing you have to keep in mind is once you go picking fresh fruit it HAS to be processed as soon as possible. Otherwise your hard earned money will go to waste.
So,today I vacuum packed 2 pints and made 9 jars of strawberry jam!
First I washed and cut the strawberries, following the Certo pectin directions.
That totaled 5 cups (you'd be surprised how many strawberries that takes).
Then I MASHED them.
Then I put the strawberries and pectin in a extra large sauce pan to boil while I measured the sugar and my cutie 6 yr old stacked the jars on top of one another.
Once it was boiling I stirred in the sugar and got the jars ready.
Meanwhile, I got my OLD fashioned canner boiling with about 8 inches of hot water. I love this old thing.
A view from high....
Once it has boiled for one minute, take it off the burner and skim off the froth. And ladel it directly into your clean jars and close them up!
Then put the closed jars into the canner for 10 minutes.
A beautiful FINAL PRODUCT!!
Did I mention I have another whole tray to do? LOL.