Through a series of unfortunate events (mostly rain-related), we ended up deciding to go strawberry picking very last minute last Thursday evening. We threw some food in the car for dinner and headed to the farm about 20 minutes after we’d decided to go. Despite the bad weather in the days preceding, there were plenty of ripe berries, the kids were in a great mood, and Nik and I set to picking. Then the rain came, a bit earlier than had been forecast. Nik took the kids to the car, I kept picking in the downpour, and with 10 more pounds of strawberries picked, we called it a day.
just a little soaked and muddy! (Clearly I enjoy this kind of work.)
We went home via Broom’s Bloom for ice cream and of course forgot to take pictures of the adorable faces covered in chocolate and vanilla. It was a delicious way to end our evening!
After we got the kids asleep, we settled into strawberry processing mode.
The next day, my friend Emily very kindly brought her kids over to my house to occupy my kids while I made jam. 36 cups of strawberry puree and 18 cups of sugar (almost 10 pounds!) later, we have 25 pints of jam, hopefully enough to last us for two years.*
33 pounds of strawberries also yielded about 1.5 gallons of frozen berries for the winter plus a good amount for eating. Hooray for the beginning of summer!
More on how I make strawberry jam here (and also about where we pick our strawberries – we only go to Lohr’s now)
Another strawberry jam post, including adorable 20-month old Ellie!
In case you want to see the disgusting mold-covered strawberry jam again
*I do feel the need to point out that most canning guidelines/ regulations state that food in home-processed jars are considered expired after 18 months. We haven’t had any trouble pushing ours out to two years (the moldy jam being the exception that does not matter because the jar wasn’t actually sealed). However, you’re taking your life into your own hands when you go against the rules. So just be warned. 😉 (And I’ve heard of people using home-processed food for more than two years so we’re not living that close to the edge.)