|Photos courtesy of Darby Doo! I really could not|
have done this without her invaluable help.
With the help from my lovely assistant, Darling Daughter Darby (check out her take on making jam today as well!), we jumped into this week's adventure with both feet first. Since she and her Daddy Dearest are texture people, we started by using our blender to puree the 6 boxes of fresh strawberries. Then while I constantly stirred the lovely mess over a high heat, Darby measured out the sugar and sterilized the jars. Once submerged in crazy boiling water, darling girl and I were stumped for a moment on how to retrieve the little boogers from their steam bath. However, I have a genius for a girl child, and she jumped in with tongs and an oven mitt to save the day.
Have you ever done something new and been a total rock star at it? I am always amazed at myself when my grandest plans go smoothly. My taste tester, Hubby Dearest, gave me two thumbs way up saying, "Wow! That's really good!" Then HD and Darling Darby just shook their heads and grinned as I ran around the house the rest of the night saying with enthusiasm, "I made JAM! I made JAM! That's just so cool!" My excitement grew each time we heard the little metallic "toink" as the jars cooled and their lids popped. There might have been a happy dance (my former students know what that looks like) or two. I am just lucky Darby is not quicker with her camera or I would be the next great YouTube sensation!
Recipe for Homemade Strawberry JamMakes: about 10 cups (about 10 half-pints)