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Strawberry Jam

My husband and I were going to clean and freeze some of the strawberries we; actually he picked from our garden. But once they are frozen, they are really only good for smoothies or so we thought. He asked if I knew how to make strawberry jam. I have canned pickles, beets, tomatoes etc. but never tried making jelly or jam. I found an easy recipe and thought why not try it, I didn’t have to run out for anything and he was helping me so why not.

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He cleaned and hulled the berries; I cleaned the canning jars and covers. Using my food processor I smashed all that he cleaned and added them to one of my large heavy bottom pots. Added some sugar and lemon juice and started boiling it down to release the natural pectin in the berries. It is important to get the temperature to 220’ degrees F so the mixture will not be too runny.

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I will admit while the jam tasted great, I boiled it too long and it came too thick. Another live and learn lesson in the kitchen. I will share with you what I am going to do the next time and I am sure it will come out perfect.

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I did take one of the jars and tested adding a very small amount of water and mixing it up; it made it much more the consistency it should be.

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While canning in a water bath isn’t really difficult; you do want to make sure you start with cleaned and processed jars and covers. And you want to make sure you boil your filled jars for as long as is required. I boiled my jars for 10 minutes; I think you could go up to 15 minutes and still be fine.

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4 cups of smashed cleaned and hulled strawberries
3-4 cups of sugar – to taste
¼ cup lemon juice

Cook on low temperature till sugar dissolves. Slowly bring the berries up to a boil stirring occasionally. Here is where it can get a little tricky so pay attention to what you are doing. No emptying the dishwasher or folding laundry etc. using a candy thermometer and being careful not to burn yourself; which is why I mentioned using a large pot; it will help keep the liquid from splattering on you while you stir. When it reaches 220 degrees I suggest boiling it for 2-4 minutes. Here is where I went wrong and boiled it for 10 minutes; yeah that was way too long though adding a little bit of water helped it come back to a spreadable consistency.

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Proof is in the eating, while I writing this; my husband just made himself a PB&J sandwich and he isn’t a PB fan so I may try some other berries in the near future.
Recipe adapted from allrecipes – katherin

Strawberry cheesecake love bites

Who else has a large bowl full of fresh strawberries from their garden that they need to do something with?13442327_10206663286565524_7175707329866589239_n

June is strawberry season around here in NH and our plants have been pretty busy this year. We have hulled washed and eaten many of them but then what? On Father’s day my daughter made up some Jell-o cheesecake pudding and she was going to hull out the strawberries and dip them in a graham cracker crumb. The day got away from us and it never happened. The next day my husband decided to take things into his own hands and he sliced the strawberries in half, put some of the cheesecake filling and roll in the crumbs. While they tasted good, they were a pain to pick up and the proportions were all off.

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With larger berries you could scoop out some of the inside flesh to make room for the filling. My berries are not that large so I was playing with a few ideas, my final decision was to take the crumbs and put them on a plate. Take my cleaned berries and put a dollop of the cheesecake filling on the top and then place them upside down in the crumb mixture – BRILLIANT!
Proportions were perfect and everyone loved them and talk about easy; not sure why it took me so long to make these little nuggets of love bites. Try them you won’t be disappointed.

Make as many as you want to eat or serve
Strawberries
Jell-o cheesecake package – make as directed
box of Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs

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Cover the bottom of you plate with the crumbs, put a small dollop of cheesecake on top of the strawberry and place it cheesecake side down on to the crumbs and enjoy!