Our kitchen has been quite busy the last few days!
We were finally able to get our hands on some strawberries this past weekend and we took the opportunity to restock our supply of strawberry jam. Last year we made 8 half pints thinking that it would be enough since Ender and I are the only serious jam eaters in the house, but Ezra joined us in the jam eating and we gave a few away... so we ran out around February even after trying to be careful in how we used it.
So this year we made jam plans.
And not just more strawberry jam. We checked out a few different books from the library and I ended up buying Canning for a New Generation. Ender and I have been through that book many many times in the last two weeks and let me tell you- that boy has serious plans.
:: Plain strawberry jam
:: Strawberry lemon preserves
:: Strawberry rubarb jam
... and plans for blackberry and cherries and peaches if we should come across good ones.
We spent Saturday making the plain strawberry jam:
And ended up with 7 half pints and 1 pint, just because I ran out of half pint jars.
Total miscalculation on my part.
We're planning another10-12 half pints of jam from the strawberries because as much as Ender and I love to eat jam I think we love giving it away just as well.