Sunday, June 9, 2013
The fruits of spring
There is nothing sweeter or more looked forward to than the first strawberry of the season. I tasted my first while walking my dog earlier this week around the neighborhood. One neighbor grows strawberries all through her front yard...which I could not resist when I noticed they were red and ripe!
This weekend I headed straight to Sauvie Island Farms and picked up a flat of strawberries and to Kruger's for some rhubarb.
Every year I break out the canner I fall in love with it. I think that I have missed canning...but come tomato season I get very bitter about it, the only thing that makes me do it is that home canned tomatoes are completely unmatched by their commercial counterparts and you NEED canned tomatoes to survive winter!
So, while I'm still in love with canning, I made a small batch of rhubarb-strawberry jam. I can never predict how much my recipe will produce, it is anywhere from 4-8 jars depending on the year. This year the rhubarb-strawberry jam will be extra precious; I only produced 6 half-pints.
In addition I sweet-talked Dan into freezing a gallon of berries, so I am prepped for smoothies!
2013 Preservation Tally:
6 half-pints rhubarb strawberry jam
1 gallon frozen strawberries