I am sure almost all families with kids already had gone or going to strawberry picking. We also go strawberry picking every year and we really enjoy it. Especially, it is joyful seeing my older one’s excitement every time he sees juicy red ripped strawberries under the leaves. He LOVESSS strawberries. Usually, we pick up to 10 pounds. ( I know it is a lot for 3 people).
Since it is organic, if I don’t take care of them at the same day of picking, they get spoiled. That’s why, as soon as we get home I will start sorting them for 3 sorts. The first one will be well ripped and got squashed a bit. It is usually under the boxes. I do jam from them.
The second sort will be for keeping in the freezer. It also well ripped but no any damage. I cut of the bottom and soak them in apple cider vinegar water ( 0.5 cup 5% apple cider vinegar / 1 gallon water) for about 5 min. Then I put them on paper towel to get dried. After that I put them in ziplock ( freezer bag) and straight to the freezer. I use them for pies, ice cream and smoothies.
The third sort will be for eating. These I also wash with vinegar water, well dried and keep it in refrigerator. It will be good up to 1 week.
Let’s start with making a strawberry jam.
- 1 bowl strawberries
- 0.5 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of tap water
- 2 oz lemon juice
- Mason jar
- Well wash the strawberries and cut them in cube shape
- Add all the ingredients in the pot
- Put in high heat until it boils then keep in middle heat for 1 hr or till you see bubble on top. ( please watch the video for exact appearance)
- Turn off the heat and let it cool down
- Put in mason jar or glass jar
- Store in refrigerator for up to 6 month
- If you want more loose add 2 cups of water.
- To check if it is ready: in cold tap water drop some jam, if it forms little circle in the bottom of your dish, it means it is ready.
- Let the jam get cool down in the pot. Don’t try to lick it. It will be very hot.