Freezer Jam!

There is nothing so yummy and decedent as freshly made jam.  This recipe is so easy you can have strawberry jam in no time; freeze the extras – if it survives that long.

If you have never made jam and think that it is too hard, think again!  Easy and yummy…what could be better.

Here we go:

Start with fresh strawberries–make sure you know your source.  You want organic or those that come from a farm you trust (or your own garden that you have kept free from pesticides).  Remember these are on the list of “The Dirty Dozen” which means these little guys absorb whatever is put on them.

Rinse them well and cut them up:

 

Fresh Strawberries   Rinse  Cut

 

Then smash them up with a potato masher or something similar.  You still want it chunky.  Then measure out 1 2/3 c of strawberries, add one package of powdered fruit pectin and 2/3 c of sugar.  You can also look up other recipes on the web, but they are all pretty similar.

Alton Brown adds a dash of pepper.  YES! Pepper!  Add about 1/8 tsp.  Trust me on this one!

Sugar and Pectin  Pepper

Then stir for 3 minutes with a wooden spoon.

Now you are ready for the jars; make sure they are clean jars made for canning/freezing.  For this I like the small Ball Freezer containers.  Funnel in your jam to the fill line on the container.  This recipe will fill 2.

Fill  Rest

Let the jars sit for 30 minutes.  Then add the lid.  You can make more jam in the  30 minutes if you are hooked at this point.  I did!

Finished Strawberry Jam

You are now ready to freeze, fridge or EAT!  I choose the latter on fresh baked, whole wheat bread that my hubby baked.

Eat

 

Recipe amounts for 2 jars:

1 2/3 C Crushed Strawberries

2/3 C Sugar

1 package of Powdered Fruit Pectin

1/8 tsp Pepper

Try it and let me know what you think!  It is fun and easy and there is nothing like eating jam that you have just made or taking some out of the freezer in the winter when strawberry season is far away.

Unleash your inner farmgirl today!

Food From Seeds

I am the first to admit that I am a novice at gardening.  I have grown a few things in my life, but at a small scale.  Herbs in pots on the deck I am definitely good at.  Gardening food that we are going to eat at mealtime is a new, exciting experience.

We built some raised bed gardens last year following the Square Food Gardening methodology.  I loved it and it was just the right start.  We are committed to growing organically, so learning the best ways to fight weeds, add nutrition to the plants and keep bugs away has been a real learning experience and will continue to be for years to come.

This winter, we started some seeds inside.  In a short period of time we had so many starters that we felt like it was overtaking us in our basement under the florescent lights that we set up for the little guys! 🙂

In April, we set our new babies outside and we are now reaping the benefits.  We are eating from our garden and what a thrill that is.  Here are some pictures of our beautiful food!

Red Romaine    Berry      Chard     Kale

  Red Romaine             Strawberry (look close)        Rainbow Chard                    Kale

We intend to begin gardening into the ground this year with our new tiller and our acreage.  I will share more pics and experiences as we move forward.

Do you garden?  What is your favorite to plant and eat?  Do you have tips for growing organically?