Strawberry Day

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Last fall, Adam and I created an apple day event with some friends. We ventured to an orchard for some pick-your-own apples, and returned home with a massive supply to create apple butter, apple preserves, and of course, apple pie. It was a great day.

Now that it’s officially summer (the 34°C temps outside tell me so), we invited some friends out to a pick-your-own strawberry farm, and followed it up by an afternoon of jam making. MmmMm, jam. Adam and I have a goal of making enough jam this summer to last us all year long.

We made two types of jam – one with no sugar using Pomona’s Pectin, and one standard “Old Fashioned” recipe, which used 5+ cups of sugar. Guess which one came out tastier?

I definitely want to try Pomona’s Pectin again – it allows for making jam with little or no sugar. That said, I think no sugar with these particular strawberries created a too tart jam. A bit too tart for me, at least, though it’s still a nice jam.

The sweet jam cooked for quite awhile, creating a bit of a caramelized flavour in the end, which was quite nice. Very sweet and yummy. Perfect for a morning slice of toast.

We also had one of Ms. Wat’s famous pies! Thanks, Emily!

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Next: Raspberry Day!

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6 Responses to “Strawberry Day”

  1. Heather Says:

    Mmm… that reminds me to get out there and get some of those strawberries before the season is over. Wild strawberry jam is my absolute favorite–but, I just can’t pick the wild ones anymore.

    What an inviting photo 🙂 .

    • Cari Miller Says:

      I hope you make it out to a pick-your-own farm! It feels great to eat jam that you not only made from scratch, but picked fresh as well!

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  5. Jules Says:

    Those strawberries look heavenly!

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