Friday, June 27, 2014

Limited Time

It's not as if I don't have a lot to do, or that I have to leave for work at 3 pm, or that my fridge isn't already overflowing with food.  Nope.  I needed strawberries.

To be fair, it's only strawberry season for a little while and locally grown strawberries are a real treat.  So I dragged the kids out of bed at 6:30 so we could be among the first people there.  We were third in line to get into the parking lot and we were able to get onto the fields and pick 9 pounds of strawberries in half an hour.  Just long enough for the temperature to go up about 10 degrees and the crowds to start to get in the way.  We did time it just right as it rained yesterday which meant fewer berries picked and more for us!

After the berries were stowed in the car, we ate a breakfast of strawberry donuts, visited the rabbits and goats (we, of course, were more interested in the rabbits) and headed home.  I dove right into making jam and have made a batch of strawberry jam (including 2 jars for the fair) and a batch of strawberry rhubarb jam:  1 pound rhubarb, 3 pints strawberries, 7 cups sugar, and 1 package of powdered pectin.  That batch made 10 cups of jam which I put into pint jars.  I am now out of frozen rhubarb so hopefully I'll find some in the store that's less than $4 a pound.  Then I made strawberry-banana smoothies for lunch: 3/4 c. homemade yogurt, 1/3 of a quart of strawberries, 1/3 of a banana, 1/4 c. orange juice and some honey in each.

There are 2 heaping quarts left - one for eating plain, and one for strawberry shortcake.  Which I will make tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. The strawberry jam won second place in the Topsfield Fair!

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