It's strawberry season here in Ontario...this is one of my favourite times of the year, because it all starts with the strawberry...the other berries will soon be following, and I just can't wait!! I've been making a conscious effort in the last few years, to put away as much food as possible, pick things in season, and spend less at the grocery store! With the strawberries I picked, we made 25 jars of jams and preserves, and managed to freeze 4 bags full. I'm hoping to get out once more before the season is over...strawberries don't tend to last long in this house, especially in the dead of a Canadian winter!!
I want to share with you my recipe for Strawberry Preserves...this is my absolute favorite thing to do with berries!!! There is nothing like cracking open a jar of these...I had a friend who told me she had a bath, and ate the whole jar with a spoon in the tub, (I consider that to be a great compliment)!!
To make the preserves you will need...
8 cups strawberries
2 Tbsp bottled lemon juice
5 cups sugar
7 half pint jars, (250 ml size)
To start, clean and stem the strawberries, then cut them in half. Put berries lemon juice and sugar into a large saucepan.
Stir, bringing the mixture to a boil. Cook the mixture on med heat until the preserves thicken...this usually takes about 30-45 min. Depends on how thick you want them to be.
Remove pan from the heat and skim off the foam that has formed...
Ladle into hot, steralized jars...seal the jars and put them into a water bath canner for 10 minutes. Put the jars on a flat, dry surface and leave them alone for 24 hours.
Now avoid the temptation to eat them right away...save for fall and winter when you desperately need a strawberry fix!!