Monday, July 21, 2008

What would summer be like without Strawberries? You just know it is summer when strawberries are in abundance! I received a sweet jar of "Farm Fresh Strawberry Jam" from my dear friend Bev at Bee Haven Acres! The jar looks so pretty in my pantry!
Do you preserve your own Strawberries or have a memory of Mother or Grandmother canning Strawberries
on a hot summer day?

2 c. (1 pt.) strawberries washed and hulled
1 1/2 c. sugar
4 tsp. powdered fruit pectin

Slice strawberries into 2-quart bowl. Mash well. Stir in sugar and pectin thoroughly. Microwave 4 minutes on high, or until mixture comes to a full rolling boil.
Reduce setting. Microwave 5 or 6 minutes until mixture is slightly thickened. It will thicken more as it cools. Store tightly covered in a glass jar in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Yummy on vanilla ice cream! XO


Anonymous said...


I have been visiting your site lots over the past few days & just LOVE it!!! Thanks for sharing all of your "lovelies." I also enjoy the music, I hear an old Bing Crosby song here the other day that is prompting me to order the CD. Have a wonderful Monday.

Laura / Mommyswanson


Diane of Crafty Passions said...

I remember my Grandmother picking raspberries and making a Raspberry Pudding Cake with it and of course a Raspberry Pie,I can see it in my mind and smell it too.So long ago but never forgotten.

Kathy said...

Love Refrigerator Strawberry Jam!
I haven't made it in years but I think it is wonderful.

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Technonana said...

I have spent many a day helping my mother and grandmother pick and preserve strawberries and can peaches. Some days I felt like I was one of these, because we did this for days!!! Thanks for the memories!!!

Heidi said...

Have a sweet Tuesday, Strawberry!

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madrekarin said...

I love making strawberry jam. I am down to 2 quarts left from my last jam session. :( But, a jar of jam makes a sweet, on-the-spot gift for someone who just brought you 2 sacks of produce from their garden, or a "Whenever you're in a jam..." visiting teaching gift. I must remember to double my efforts next year so that I have enough for me!!
Hope you are doing well!!

Dana said...

We love our Strawberry Jam!

My son Blake went this year with his grandpa to pick the strawberries. I stayed home with the baby. He and grandpa had a great time and they made all of our jam. I was so excited and it is something Blake will remember forever I hope.

Thanks for sharing!

Many Jam Blessings, Dana

Tiffi said...

Oh I love homemade strawberry jam! I think it's time to make some!
Love, Tiffi xo

TattingChic said...

I love homemade strawberry jam and I have fond memories of making it with my best friend's (as a child) Mother. It was the best jam and has given me many happy yummy memories.

Julie said...

No ma'am --
I don't have any of those memories that I crave so much. My mother didn't really do "domestic" things and my grandmothers passed away. Growing up without a grandmother is really a such terrible thing. I missed so much and my children are, as well.

I sure hope and pray that I will be able to create such memories for my future grandchildren. My husband and I, both, are looking forward to creating those memories together!

Please keep posting about all of your experiences and giving me so much hope and inspiration!

Many Blessings,

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Don't do my own preserves. My mother did years back. I never.

I do have the same plaque though, with the sweet sisters.

Deb said...

We love strawberry jam too. I agree, Summer just wouldn't be the same without strawberries :-}

Patty H. said...

Hi, just found your blog today and I've had such fun reading and looking at all your pictures.
When I was a child, we would go to SC and pick strawberries, (and peaches) and mom would make lots of strawberry jam. I try to make some every yr. And a strawberry pudding. Yum!!
Patty H.

Pam said...

One of my happiest "growing up" memories is of visiting my aunt and uncle in the summertime, and getting to pick strawberries (I didn't grow up in the country..I was the "city cousin;" moving to the country as an adult was a lifelong dream come true). My aunt would make THE best strawberry shortcake, and it was such a treat; she would also make homemade strawberry ice cream (Yummmm!!!), or just let us eat the strawberries out of hand. She also did a lot of preserving, and her jam was so good. Those were good days indeed.
I love your music...."Young at Heart," and "Love in a Home" are two of my favorite songs. It's always good to drop by for a visit.

fairmaiden said...

You would love the new cupcake shop in my little Old Towne called Lulu's Cupcakes. I just did a post about it this week.

*Shelli* said...

When I see, smell or hear of strawberries I think of you! :0

Dreamer said...

I think I found your blog @ Mary Jane Butters site. I love to peek in on your pink. Where do you find all your great art? like the sisters on your strawberry jam page. Thank-you Theone