It's one of my favorite times of the year. A little late due to our cooler spring weather
Yep, it's strawberry season! I LOVE fresh strawberries... probably one of my favorite foods and definitely my favorite fruit. When we moved to Red Gate Farm 6 plus years ago, we planted strawberries in our vegetable garden... it quickly became apparent that this wasn't a good placement... plus my husband bought them when we got our fruit trees and he purchased an everbearing variety. This means little bowls all the time, but not enough for jam making or freezing. So finally, out they came! We do intend to plant one of the local varieties, such as Shuksan, in a new spot next year. Although we pulled out that mess of strawberries from our garden this year, we were able to pick fresh strawberries at a friend's home. We picked a ton in a very short amount of time.
A ton of strawberries? Of course this means... strawberry jam! I make both freezer jam and "regular" canned jam. I like the freezer kind of strawberry jam.... to me it has more of a fresh strawberry taste than canned jam. However, I still can some for holiday gift giving.
I like to use my immersion blender to prepare the fruit.
I like my jam without a lot of chunks... so I puree it fairly smooth.
My favorite container for freezer jam is this french style drinking glasses that you can purchase at many stores. The plastic lids are usually sold separately but they are fabulous for keeping the jam... very heavy, thick glass... and they're pretty too!
Our strawberry picking yielded 2 batches of canned jam and 5 batches of freezer jam! Lots to enjoy over the winter.
Hope everyone has or will enjoy fresh strawberries this year... perhaps for the 4th of July.