Thursday, March 12, 2009

Preserving the Past

It's strawberry season in Florida, and this year I decided to make preserves. I asked my great-aunt and grandmother for a tutorial on how to do this, and this is what they told me:

1. Take equal parts of chopped and washed strawberries (or any other fruit) and sugar.

2. Place them in a heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes. Stir frequently, and adjust the heat as needed to prevent boil-overs.

4. Pour or ladle the finished product into sterilized jars and wipe the rims to remove any of the syrup; top the jars with lids that have been sitting in boiling water and screw on the rings.

5. Wait until the lids pop--that means they're sealed.

So far I haven't tasted the finished product (it's REALLY hot!), but it looks so cute in these adorable jars that it couldn't be bad, could it?? :D


Donna said...

When do I get some? ;-D

JE Melton said...

I'm totally impressed! You'll be sending those out as Christmas gifts (and include one to your favorite little), right? :)

Terra said...

So cool, thanks for sharing...I think I'll try it. Do you think or now if there would be away to eliminate the sugar and perhaps use 100% juice maybe?

Rachel said...

I am concerned about the sugar content, too. I think there is a pectin that can be used without added sugar...I asked my panel of experts while they were teaching me, and their opinion was that the sugar was necessary as a preservative. Once I get this technique mastered I plan to play with it a little, so stay tuned!

Tara said...

My children and pick blueberries every year. Thia year I made blueberry jam came out great, kids asked for more.
My children are asking to go strawberry picking for the past couple of years. I don't know how to find where there is a strawberry field for picking. I also live in FL (central between orlando and Jacksonville)

Rachel said...

We had trouble finding a "you pick" field this year--apparently the growers are not allowing it until later. Usually we go to Plant City (It's between Orlando and Tampa via I-4). There are several fields there.