Friday, April 25, 2008

Using What You Have

My mom gave my kids a huge box of strawberries (or strawbabies as Bec says). They ate a lot of them, but of course they weren't all gone before they were getting a tiny bit soft. So, I made jam using the following recipe. I gave some to mom, sis, and Nana and they all really liked it. I really love how it isn't much sugar, so the berry taste comes through.

Strawberry Jam
4 cups strawberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 package powdered fruit pectin
1 1/2 cups honey

Cooking Instructions
1. Mix the strawberries, lemon juice and pectin in a heavy-bottomed, stainless-steel pot.
2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the honey.
3. Return to a boil and stir slowly for 10 to 12 minutes. The mixture will resemble a thick syrup when done. Let cool, then pour into a storage container, cover and refrigerate.

But wow, was it expensive to make! The pectin was almost $4 and the honey around the same. Thank goodness the berries were free! For my next batch, I know a place where I can buy the pectin for $2 and hopefully the honey for less as well.

And isn't it funny, that I can make jam and think, no biggie. But cooking dinner throws me into a tizzy! Must be the frequency factor. :)


Ashley Winters said...

Sounds delicious!

KrayonKel said...

what's pectin?

Catherine said...

wow!! I'm super impressed!!!

alisonwonderland said...

making jam seems like an insurmountable task to me (but i'm not too bad about the dinner thing). way to go, karianne!