11 pounds of strawberries = freezer jam for everyone!
We took the time on Father’s Day to do some strawberry picking. Our town has three farms that provide pick your own berries, apples, pumpkins, etc. (we are so lucky). Our biggest problem is deciding which one to go to! I always joked about the (radioactive) strawberries at the farm we decided to go to this year because they plant them under the power lines. But I’m sure they’re perfectly safe…or at least I hope they are!
My good friend and neighbor told me all about freezer jam. As soon as I heard about it I knew I HAD to try. Boy am I glad I did! It was super easy! This was my first attempt at making jam and although I’ll make some changes next year, I was very impressed with the finished product.
I also made strawberry chocolate chip muffins. They are our kid’s favorite! I like to make a triple batch and freeze them. They defrost quickly on the counter, in the microwave or toaster oven. YUM!
We like to eat our waffles with strawberries on top. So I also chopped a bunch of strawberries placed them in freezer bags, added a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and set them on the counter for ten minutes before placing them in the freezer. Next time we have waffles we’ll have handpicked strawberries to go on top.
With the rest of the strawberries, I took the tops off, sliced them in half and placed them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. I placed the sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, I placed them in quart size freezer bags which will be perfect for shakes!
I also can’t forget to attempt to make dried strawberries again. My last attempt was a flop. Hopefully with nice yummy fresh strawberries, things will go a little differently.
I think are most looking forward to some sunbutter thumbprint cookies made with fresh delicious strawberry jam. Mmmm… Who am I kidding? I’m looking forward to it too!!!
Oh, and last but not least…My favorite…chocolate fruit. Mmmmmm….