Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Strawberry Season



This week kicks off Strawberry Season, a time of festival and fun, and picking strawberries on the farm makes for a great weekend activity for the family.

Be sure to go early, and always call the farm ahead of time to ensure there are plenty to be picked. My favorite farm is Alstede in Chester NJ.



Here is a easy and delicious strawberry jam recipe to try, making enough jam to last through the season:

Ingredients:
64 ounces of strawberries, rinsed and hulled
2 1/2 cups sugar
juice of one lemon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean

Let strawberries macerate in lemon juice, sugar and vanilla for 30 minutes.


Heat on medium high until boiling, stirring frequently.


Mash strawberries using a potato masher to desired consistency.

Most jams will be ready within 15-20 minutes.


When jam reads 215 degrees on a candy thermometer, it is ready to can. If you don't have a candy thermometer, put a spoon in the freezer. To test jam, take a small amount out with the fozen spoon and check consistency.



Can or freeze. Makes 4 half pint jars.

You could also make a pretty amazing pie adding some fresh rhubarb- recipe is here.
 
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