Sunday, June 21, 2009
In honor of Father's Day, I engaged in a very macho activity: I made homemade strawberry preserves. I know, sooo stereotypical. With so many of the strawberries from yesterday still in the fridge and the rain coming down in buckets, making preserves seemed like a perfect Sunday afternoon activity. I have never actually canned anything before, but you have to start somewhere.
I used 5 cups of crushed strawberries, one box (1.75-oz) pectin, 3 cups sugar, 3 cups brown sugar, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, and 2 cinnamon sticks. I also used this project as an excuse to go out and buy a pressure canner (though I just used it as a hot water bath canner for this project). Tomorrow I will check the seals on the lids and find out if I followed the processing procedure correctly. If I did, we will have 2 and a half pints of strawberry preserves!
I also froze a quart of strawberries. I washed them, trimmed the stems, placed them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper in the freezer for 4 hours. Now we have just one quart of strawberries left, but maybe we will get more from the CSA on Wednesday.