When Life Gives You Strawberries, Make Strawberry Jam
Our first jar of homemade strawberry preserves.
Photo ©Miriam Diaz-Gilbert
Our strawberry patches are very bountiful this year. My husband Jon and I have picked about 200 beautiful, sweet, juicy strawberries so far. What started with four small organic strawberry plants in our vegetable garden last year has multiplied to over 60 strawberry plants and tons of strawberries. What to do with all these strawberries?
First, we made strawberry short cake Memorial Day weekend. The recipe we used is on the Bisquick box. We made homemade whipped cream.
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Two nights ago we made Paleo strawberry jam. I found this easy recipe online. All you need is
6 1/2 cups of strawberries, honey (we used raw honey), and lemon juice. You can also find recipes that call for sugar.
First, cut the stems off, slice the strawberries in half, and put them a big pot.
Next, smash the strawberries in the pot with the bottom of a glass. We used a Mason jar.
Then, start with medium heat, followed by a boil while stirring until the smashed strawberries thicken. It took about 30 minutes with these strawberries. The strawberries yield a little over one jar of jam.
Let the jam cool before putting it in a jar, and in the refrigerator.
Making strawberry jam for the first time was a tasty success! Go, ahead! Make strawberry jam! Now, it's time to bake more Paleo bread for some strawberry jam and toast, and strawberry jam and almond butter sandwiches. Check out my YouTube video as I share the recipe and ingredients, and my Paleo bread fresh out of the oven.
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