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« on: July 09, 2014 09:02:47 AM »

Hi there! This is pretty much my first go at canning - I did some whole tomatoes last summer which worked well, and thought I'd take a stab at jams and such. I was able to pick a whole mess of strawberries for free at the farm where I work, so I got to fool around with a few different recipes.

I worked from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, which was a great resource for a beginner like me.

First up, basic strawberry jam: http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipes/strawberry-jam



This uses sooo much sugar, and is pretty sweet. Really delicious, though. I love it with cream cheese!



Then I tried maple strawberry smooch: http://www.bernardin.ca/pages/recipe_page/51.php?pid=384 (not the exact recipe from my book, but pretty much the same)



Mmmm this was my favorite. Great on ice cream, or on yogurt with granola.



And last, strawberry lemonade concentrate: http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipes/strawberry-lemonade-recipe
This recipe didn't make as much as it said it would - I wish they'd given the measurement for strawberry puree, instead of cups of whole berries, which varies a lot.



Again, very sugary, but tangy too! I mixed it with seltzer to serve.



My one issue with all of these was that I didn't have a good way to skim off the foam before transferring the mixtures into jars. I hope that doesn't effect the preserving too much.

Overall, I'd say it was a great success! I'm ready to can ALL THE THINGS. Bring on the produce!
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2014 09:09:15 AM »

Oooh, this all looks SO delicious!  Fabulous job and I love the idea of lemonade concentrate!
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2014 12:33:27 PM »

Oh, mmmm! I need to get me some strawberries, stat!
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2014 01:03:56 PM »

That concentrate sounds fascinating, I need to look into that. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2014 01:47:58 PM »

Thank you for sharing all these ideas! The drink concentrate is a new idea I must try. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2014 03:20:07 PM »

Mmmm that jam looks really yummy. I never thought of cream cheese.
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2014 04:06:06 PM »

And now I am really hungry! They all look and sound amazing.
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2014 06:22:56 PM »

I'm foaming at the mouth for some of that ice cream with your preserves over the top. That looks so delicious!!!
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2014 07:04:45 PM »

 Shocked  *drools at screen
That looks soooooo good!
My mom used to make strawberry jam when I was a kid and the kind from the store just isn't the same.
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« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2014 07:07:52 PM »

Looks delicious! 
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