Well...we didn't have our lovely helpers this week and it was soooo hot...um..yeah, the berry picking on Saturday at the hottest part of the day wasn't fun...we are still paying for that decision ;) (aching bones, not sunburned)
Strawberries in their fresh from the patch state....
Strawberries in the process of being
Megan squishing her berries.... :P
Hmmm what's going on here....
dualling stockpots...which I, the experienced jammer....lost (more on that below!)
Just after filling, while still hot, turn upside down to help with the sealing.
I do this until the jars are cool, then flip over again to their right side. I must report, all jars sealed successfully...now if they had thickened successfully...hmmm
After Megan left, I had just enough berries to make another batch and add rhubarb.
We will not discuss the cost of said rhubarb. Sigh..I remember the days I'd walk out of my back door, rip a stalk off, bring it inside and wash it. Then stick it in sugar and eat! It will not grow in the south so one must pay dearly for it. I make this out of love for my FIL, he loves this jam. I even had a little bit leftover to save for a pie later.
The Winners--Strawberry Rhubarb Jam!
minus 1 jar (see below why ;) Oh...why is it a winner...it's jam, you know thick, lovely jam!
The losers....Strawberry Jam!!!
loosey, goosey not thickened strawberry jam... More like ice cream toppings. This misbehavin' jam will be reboiled and repectinized tomorrow. It'll jam! I fear it didn't boil quite enough, thus the loosey, goosiness of it. Need to pick up new lids and pectin after work and we'll give it another go. The 2 cute jars with the gold tops to the left will be left as ice cream toppings. Can't get replacement lids for those. Good thing I bought an ice cream maker this weekend.
I kept a jar of the strawberry/rhubarb jam for me.
whoa...it was awesome and all I could do not to grab a spoon and finish it off...must behave ;)